The win evened the Bluejays record at 2-2 on the season, while UC Davis fell to 2-3.
The Creighton offense did the bulk of its damage in the third inning, plating four runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter. Junior Jordan Hovey got the inning rolling with a single to left, then moved up 90 feet when sophomore Jason Allbery was hit by a pitch. Hovey was cut down at third on a failed sacrifice, but sophomore Issac Collins drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Junior Jack Strunc drove home two on a double to right-center, then Emodi smacked a two-run single to center.
Leading 4-0, the Aggies got a run back on three hits in bottom of the third, but Tapani stranded UC Davis runners at second and third by getting Alex Aguiar to pop out for the third out.
UC Davis threatened again in the fifth as the top two in the order reached on singles to start the frame, but Tapani sat down the Aggies middle of the order on strikes to maintain the Bluejays 4-1 edge.
The score remained 4-1 into the bottom of the seventh, when UC Davis pulled within one on a solo home run from Logan Denholm and a sac fly from Caleb Van Blake. Bluejay relievers Grant Spranger and Mitch Boyer held the Aggies right there to preserve Creighton’s edge.
The Bluejays tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth, getting an RBI single from Emodi and junior Thomas Luevano.
Tapani moved to 2-0 with the win, allowing one run on seven hits and three walks in five innings, while junior Bobby Kamates picked up his first save by recording the final four outs. UC Davis starter, Matt Blais, suffered the loss (1-1) as he allowed four runs on six hits and three walks in five innings of work.
Offensively the Bluejays got two hits from Emodi, Strunc, Hovey and Collins in the win.
The Bluejays and Aggies return to the diamond on Saturday at 3:00 pm (CT) for the second game of the three-game set.