OMAHA, Neb.-- Defensive miscues helped Creighton to a 4-1 win over North Dakota Thursday afternoon at CU complex. The game was the finale of a 10-day road trip for UND over its Spring Break.
"Very disappointing for a guy to be tacked with a loss like that," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "We created a lot of opportunities for them and they had just three hits all day. We're just not swinging the bat well enough right now so we have some things to work on to get ready for NDSU."
UND starter Andrew Thome had another strong outing, but took the loss to even his record at 2-2 this season. He flirted with another no-hitter, pitching into the sixth inning without allowing a hit as the visitors had a 1-0 lead early.
That North Dakota run came in the second inning when Jeff Campbell walked and later scored on Patrick Vandoorne's base hit for an early UND advantage. Thome made it hold up until the sixth inning when Creighton (8-3) got three runs on an error.
The first two batters reached on a hit batsman and a walk in that frame. The third Jays batter reached on a fielder's choice and came all the way around to score on a throwing error by the catcher that got all the way down the line allowing the bases to empty.
That would be enough for the Jays' pitching staff, who used seven different pitchers but allowed just three hits and one run to earn the victory.
Vandoorne, Zack Trygstad and Tyler Follis all had hits for North Dakota.
North Dakota has its final pre-conference tuneups in two weeks when it heads back to Minneapolis, Minn. for a four-game set against North Dakota State. First pitch Mar. 29 is set for 5:00 p.m. from the Metrodome with another doubleheader Mar. 30 beginning at 12:15 p.m.