Bluejays Take Series, Seeding from Bears

The Bluejays completed their final home series as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference this past weekend with a series win over Missouri State.

Creighton (30-16, 13-8) closed out the regular season at home against Missouri State (30-21, 12-9) with conference tournament seeding on the line. The Jays won another home series, taking two-of-three games at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha and clinching the third seed next weekend.

Thursday, May 16 – Missouri State (29-20, 11-8) 3 Creighton (29-15, 12-7) 4

The series got started on Thursday afternoon with a thrilling game one in Omaha. Creighton took a 1-0 lead after the first inning when Alex Staehely's two out double scored Brad McKewon. Tommy Strunc battled in and out of trouble in his five-plus innings of work. Strunc ran into issues in the sixth, leaving when Bryan Sova was asked to keep the inherited runners at bay, which resulted in two runs coming into score. The Bluejays tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth inning when McKewon was scored on a Jake Peter RBI single.

Game 1 Box Score

Missouri State scored an unearned run off Sova in the top of the ninth, taking a 3-2 lead. Reagan Fowler started the late rally with a single. Brennan Murphy reached putting runners on the corner with one out before Tommy Clouthier hit a sacrafice fly to tie the game up at three. With the Bluejays down to their final out, Kevin Lamb singled home Murphy, giving Creighton the "W".

Friday, May 17 – Missouri State (30-20, 12-8) 3 Creighton (29-16, 12-8) 2

Like game one, the Jays scored in the first inning with Peter scoring McKewon on a RBI groundout. The Bears tied the game in the third and took the lead in the top of fourth. Creighton tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth when Fowler's RBI triple scored Peter. With the game tied at two in the ninth, Peter came into pitch where he surprisingly allowed the go-ahead run to score with two outs in the ninth. CU went out quietly in their half of the ninth.

Game 2 Box Score

Saturday, May 18 – Missouri State (30-21, 12-9) 3 Creighton (30-16, 13-8) 6

Unlike the first two games, MSU scored first in the series finale, but the lead was short lived as Ben Lahn's single scored Lamb to tie the game up. Trailing 2-1, CU got back-to-back walks from Federico Castagnini and Peter. Staehely followed up by reaching on a fielder's choice, but two runs came into score when the Bears starting pitcher overthrew third base. The Bluejays tacked on another run in the third and added two more in the sixth. Senior Mark Winkleman got the start and no decision. Matt Warren bounced back from his midweek loss to Nebraska, picking up the win, and Sova recorded another save.

Game 3 box score

Next game: With the series win Creighton (30-16, 13-8) is the third seed in Normal, Illinois starting Tuesday at 9 am against the six seed Indiana State (24-23, 9-11).

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