Redbirds Protect Perch Atop Valley

Illinois State nearly swept the Bluejays in a three-game series in Normal.

This weekend Creighton (25-13, 9-6 MVC ) traveled to Illinois State (31-17, 11-4 MVC) with a chance to stay in the Missouri Valley Conference race. The Jays dropped two of three against the Redbirds in Normal, and will have little margin of error with a trip to Wichita next week, then hosting Missouri State to end the regular season.

Here's a brief recap of the series this weekend's road trip.

Friday, May 3 – Creighton (24-12, 8-5) 2 Illinois State (30-16, 10-3) 9

Creighton got off to rough start when Tommy Strunc allowed six runs on seven hits in two innings of work. On the flipside ISU got a compete effort from Chris Razo who allowed just two hits while striking out eight Jays. Jake Peter and Alex Staehely had both hits while driving in the lone runs as well for Creighton.

Saturday, May 4 – Creighton (24-13, 8-6) 0 Illinois State (31-16, 11-3) 6

As was the case on Friday the Jays got outpitched by the Redbirds with Dan Savas going eight innings allowing three hits while striking out eight hitters. Nick Musec went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits in his start. Mark Winkelman also allowed three hits, but in 2/3rds of an inning with three runs scoring. Peter again provided much of the teams offense, getting two of the three total hits; Jerry Mitchell had the other in the defeat.

Sunday, May 5 – Creighton (25-13, 9-6) 9 Illinois State (31-17, 11-4) 4 F/11

Unlike the first two games Creighton got on the board quickly putting up a run in the first inning when Brad McKewon lead off with a triple, Federico Castagnini singled him home. The Jays took a 4-2 lead to the bottom of the ninth inning when Peter allowed a two-run homer to Brock Stewart that tied the game up. The top of the lineup, once again, got things going for CU in the 11th where the team put five runs on the scoreboard.

Next up for Creighton is a midweek game Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha against South Dakota State, which was originally scheduled for March 20. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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