Creighton (0-3) baseball began its 2014 campaign in Little Rock, Arkansas against UALR with three games last weekend. The Trojans wound up sweeping the series, outscoring the Bluejays 19-6 by scores of 5-1, 7-4 and 7-1.
Game 1: Arkansas-Little Rock 5 Creighton 1
Taylor Elman got the ball to start the season for head coach Ed Servais. Elman went five innings, allowing four hits and two runs, only one of which was earned. Arkansas-Little Rock scored in the first inning, and it wasn't until the fifth inning that CU tied the game on Brad McKewon double that scored Landon Lucansky. The tie was short lived, as the Trojans scored in the bottom of the fifth and tacked on three more runs off Max Ising in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Game 2: Arkansas-Little Rock 7 Creighton 4
Saturday saw the Bluejays fall behind 6-0 after two innings. Tommy Strunc made his first start but only made it 1.2 innings. Strunc allowed two hits and six runs but, like last season, was plagued by control, walking five. Down 7-0 CU attempted a comeback, scoring four runs in the sixth inning. Mike Gerber hit a three-run home run. The Jays added another run following a Nicky Lopez single. UALR, however, held on for the victory to take the second game of the weekend.
Game 3: Arkansas-Little Rock 7 Creighton 1
Like Saturday, the Jays starting pitcher didn't last long. Austin Groth made it just 2.1 innings, allowing eight hits resulting in six earned runs. The Trojans struck the visitors for four in the third, taking a 6-1 lead. Arkansas-Little Rock added another run while holding Creighton to just four hits in the game. Reagan Fowler, Kevin Lamb, Brett Murray and Brandon Mikula had the only hits for the team. Murray had the Jays' lone RBI.
Next Up: Creighton travels to sunny Fort Myers, Florida for a three-game series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Fans can follow along on twitter @GoCreighton or @CU_Baseball and clicking "stats" on GoCreighton.com.
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