OMAHA, Neb.-- Despite collecting 15 hits Sunday afternoon, North Dakota fell, 8-6 at Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park in non-conference action. UND rallied from a 4-0 deficit and a took a lead of 5-4, but the host Blue Jays scored three in the fifth to go on top for good.
"We gave ourselves a chance late, which has been a trademark of our club," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "We had a better offensive day, but we left several baserunners at third. We had a couple guys that swung it well for us. We just didn't pitch well in two innings and made some bad 0-2 pitches. We've got to get ready to get back to WAC play next weekend and New Mexico State."
Creighton (15-10-1) grabbed the early lead with a four-spot in the second inning. But, North Dakota immediately answered, turning the trick in the top of the next inning to tie the score at 4-4. That rally started with a Luis Calvo single, then Patrick Riewer hit his first homer in a UND uniform to cut the lead in half.
Base knocks followed by Jacob Threlkeld and Tyler Follis. Taylor Petersen would hit a sacrifice fly and then Jeff Campbell tied the score with a single back through the box.
UND (6-15) would take a brief lead in the fifth when three straight singles produced a run. Zack Trysgtad started the stretch then Ryan Reese produced his second of four hits on the afternoon. Sam Alt drove in Trygstad a batter later for a 5-4 North Dakota advantage.
The Blue Jays responded with three in the bottom of that frame to regain control at 7-5. Another Reese single plated a run in the seventh ito get within a run but the Creighton bullpen was able to close the door. Trysgtad and Reese each had two-out singles in the ninth to bring the go-ahead run to the plate before a flyout ended the game.
UND's 15 hits were the team's second-highest hit total in a game this season (16- twice). Reese extended his streak of reaching base to 18 straight and recorded the third four-hit performance this season (Follis- twice).
Campbell had his personal three-game winning streak snapped with the loss, throwing 6.2 innings with seven earned, two strikeouts and a walk. Chris Knoll (0.1 IP) and Alex Twenge (one inning) each worked hitless outings out of the bullpen.
Eight of nine spots in the order produced a hit with seven coming from Reese (4) and Threlkeld (3). Riewer is now 6-of-13 with five RBI and four runs in his last six games.
UND is scheduled to play its first games at Kraft Field next weekend with a four-game set against WAC opponent New Mexico State beginning Friday. Check UNDsports.com or follow @UND_baseball for weather-related updates.
UND collects 15 hits, falls 8-6 at Creighton
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations