Omaha, Neb. — Blazing out to a 12-1 lead by the sixth inning, Creighton Baseball coasted to a 12-7 victory over Evansville on Sunday, April 1 as the Bluejays swept the Aces.
Creighton moved to 16-6 with the victory, while Evansville fell to 6-15 overall. It was Creighton’s sixth straight win, the Bluejays’ longest winning streak of the season. In 2016, the Bluejays put together an 11-game winning streak from April 8 – 28.
Facing blistering cold on both sides of the diamond, the Bluejays struck first with three walks and a sacrifice fly from junior Thomas Luevano in the first.
Creighton added a run in the second inning as junior Jack Strunc walked, stole second, took third via a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Jason Allbery and scored on an RBI single by junior Clark Brinkman.
The Bluejays pushed their lead to 6-1 in the third as sophomore Will Robertson got things rolling with a solo home run over the right field wall with one out. Luevano and junior Ryan Mantle followed with consecutive singles to chase Evansville starter Jace Burke. Strunc greeted the Aces’ Hunter Porterfield with a perfectly placed RBI single to make it 4-0. Before the inning closed sophomore Parker Upton connected for a sacrifice fly and a throwing error plated Strunc to make it 6-1.
The Creighton offense continued to deliver in the fourth as sophomore Isaac Collins tripled and scored on a sac fly from junior Michael Emodi. Robertson chased Porterfield with a double, allowing Luevano to greet Evansville’s David Ellis with an RBI triple. With two outs in the frame, Strunc laced an RBI single to center to give the Bluejays’ an 11-1 edge.
Evansville plated two runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth, but the game was well in Creighton’s hold at that point.
Bluejay starter Mitch Ragan nabbed the win (2-1), allowing just one run on three hits and three walks in five innings of work. Evansville’s Burke took the loss (0-2), surrendering five runs (four earned) on four hits and four walks in 2.1 innings of work.
Strunc led the offense with three hits, three RBI and three runs scored. A trio of other Bluejays delivered two hits as Luevano and Mantle were each 2-for-4, while Robertson finished 2-for-3.
The Bluejays return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 3 as Creighton travels to Lawrence, Kansas to battle the Jayhawks at 6:00 pm (CT).