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Creighton-Fresno State baseball canceled due to cold

Creighton’s baseball game against Fresno State, originally scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park, has been canceled due to cold temperatures.

The game will not be rescheduled, according to a release posted to Creighton’s site Saturday.

The Weather Channel forecasts a high temperature of 37 degrees in Omaha on Saturday.

Creighton defeated Fresno, 2-1, at TD Ameritrade Park on Friday. The two teams are still scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Fans with tickets to Saturday’s game can redeem them at the box office for any other Creighton game this season, with the exception of the April 8 or April 29 home games against Nebraska, according to a note posted to TD Ameritrade Park’s Facebook page.…

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Baseball: No Husker recruits drafted on Day Two

Highly touted outfielder Ryan Boldt, a Nebraska signee, went another day without being selected in the MLB draft. And two other NU pitching recruits weren’t picked on Friday, either.

Boldt was a possible first-round selection two months ago. Pitchers Derek Burkamper and Max Knutson were both expected to be taken in the top 10 rounds (at least).

But now appears that the Huskers should have the top three prospects in their 2013 signing class on campus this fall.

(Now is that time when Husker baseball fans exhale a bit after spending the past couple days awkwardly cheering against guys who they’re really hoping to soon root for.)

Of course, there is still one more day of the MLB draft (Rounds 11 through 40 are Saturday). …

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Baseball: Nebraska OF recruit Boldt not selected on draft’s first day

Nebraska recruit Ryan Boldt will have to wait a few hours longer before getting picked in the MLB draft. He was not one of the first 73 selections Thursday night.

The assumption is that Boldt’s knee injury, which kept the talented outfielder from playing most of his senior season in Red Wing, Minn., hurt his stock.

The kid’s still a stud, though. His rankings, as of this week: No. 39 on MLB.com’s top 100 list of draft prospects, No. 44 on ESPN analyst Keith Law’s ranking and No. 47 on Baseball America’s list.

This slide out of the first round — and second round — certainly can’t hurt the Huskers’ chances of luring Boldt to Lincoln. He’ll eventually have until July 12 to decide whether to …

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Baseball: Quotes after Nebraska’s season-ending loss to IU

Tough way to end it for the Huskers, who battled through the Big Ten tournament loser’s bracket to earn a shot at the championship Sunday.

But Indiana pulled out a 4-3 win with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Some of Nebraska’s comments afterward are below…

DARIN ERSTAD

On the future of the program: “I’m not turning the page yet. This one stings a little bit. I’m a baseball guy. Tomorrow’s a new day, and it’s exciting, and you move on. But right now, this stinks. So I’m going to let it play its course here. I feel really bad for our guys. I don’t believe in the black participation award ribbon and that’s what we got (Sunday). That’s a tough …

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Baseball: Nebraska’s season on the line again

Just in case you were wondering, the NCAA selection committee does have a baseline requirement that teams must be over .500 to be considered for an at-large berth to a Regional.

Nebraska’s right at .500 for the third time this year (once at the start of the season and again on Apri 21 before a four-game losing streak).

So throw out the computer rankings — despite how impressive they may be (WarrenNolan.com now has NU 28th in RPI and 17th in SOS while BoydsWorld.com listed Nebraska 38th in the RPI with the 27th-toughest schedule before Saturday’s two wins).

The Huskers’ season comes down to Sunday. That’s it. After three wins in two days, Nebraska will try for a fourth at 12:05 p.m. when it faces …

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Baseball: Quotes after Nebraska’s 7-6 win over Indiana

Nebraska will play for a Big Ten tournament title and an NCAA Regional berth Sunday after two impressive wins against the conference’s top two teams.

No, seriously. NU’s season is still alive.

First, it was a 5-0 win over Ohio State. Then, a thrilling 7-6 victory in 11 innings against regular season champion Indiana — links to the highlights of the nightcap: Huskers.com | BTN.

Nebraska and IU will play again at 12:05 p.m. for the tourney championship (winner gets the NCAA auto-bid).

Some comments from the Huskers are below…

DARIN ERSTAD

On sticking with starter Dylan Vogt despite some hard hits: “If they’re hitting it on the ground, whether it’s hard or not, that gives us a fighting chance. I’ll put that offense …

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Baseball: Huskers positioned well heading into rematch with OSU

Even NU coach Darin Erstad, who scripted his ideal plan before Friday’s game, couldn’t have anticipated the near-perfect set of circumstances that unfolded for the Huskers.

They held off Minnesota for a 7-4 season-extending win, but most importantly, they did it by using just three pitchers — the third, talented reliever Josh Roeder, threw only 11 pitches. Even Luke Bublitz wasn’t overworked, tossing 30 low-stress pitches in relief.

Not to mention the biggest gamble of the day paid off: Starting Ryan Hander instead of ace Christian DeLeon. Credit Hander (most pitches and longest outing since March 8) for making Erstad look like a baseball wizard.

“It set up well,” Erstad said. “I knew exactly it was a risky situation.”

Now the Huskers have to beat …

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Baseball: Quotes after Nebraska’s 7-4 win over Minnesota

The Huskers live to see one more day. They bounced back from a tough 3-2 loss against Ohio State Thursday with one of their more complete performances of the year.

Below are some comments about Nebraska’s 7-4 win in an elimination game. We’ll have a story and a notebook on Omaha.com later Friday night.

DARIN ERSTAD

On the Huskers’ response after Thursday’s close loss: “Let’s be honest: Our guys were crushed. They really wanted that game last night. But we’re a very resilient group. They fight. We knew we needed to come out — especially after a team’s played a full game — and step on it right away. … With their backs against the wall after a tough emotional game, we could have came …

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Baseball: Analyzing what’s left for Nebraska (updated)

Before we begin, let’s assume that Christian DeLeon’s elbow is indeed healthy enough for him to go. Now, here’s the situation: Nebraska needs four wins in three days, and two of its top starting pitchers have already thrown.

Friday: The Huskers, in win-or-go-home mode from this point on, face either No. 4 seed Minnesota or No. 5 seed Illinois (two teams they took a three-game series from, on the road). Is there a chance that Tyler Niederklein or Ryan Hander could start against one of those clubs and hold them off long enough for the NU offense to pile up runs on a midweek starter? That’s the consideration. Common sense probably tells you to start DeLeon. He’s the Huskers’ best guy left (by far). But …

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Baseball: Quotes after Nebraska’s 3-2 loss to Ohio State

Just a bunch of leftover takes on Thursday’s competitive game. Great pitching and some clutch hitting by two of the more resilient teams in the conference.

Comments from both Nebraska and Ohio State representatives are below…

DARIN ERSTAD

On the lessons learned: “I use this — the feelings and emotions they’re having, being so close and not being able to come out with a victory — (to show) just how important every rep is that you work on. And how much work you put in, in the offseason. Those are the things that it’s for. It’s that feeling, you don’t want to have that. That’ll make you fight and work even more. It’s tough, but at the same time, it’s something you’ve got to learn …

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