The Creighton baseball team traveled to Millington, Tennessee , an alternative site after winter weather interrupted previous plans, for a three-game series against Arkansas State. The trip ended in Conway, Arkansas for a contest against Central Arkansas, who nearly beat national runner-up Mississippi State in the NCAA regionals.
Game 1: Creighton (5-4-1) 7 at Arkansas State (6-7) 3
The Red Wolves jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning, getting to CU starter Matt Warren, who went five innings. Creighton scored four runs in the third inning with two more in the fourth, building a 6-1 advantage. After one in the top of the fifth, making it 7-1, Arkansas State scored two runs and chased Warren from the game. Brad McKewon and Jake Peter led the way with two RBI apiece. The top five hitters provided six of the seven RBI. Not to be overlooked, the bullpen held the Wolves scoreless over four innings, allowing only one hit.
Game 2: Creighton (6-4-1) 5 at Arkansas State (6-8) 4
In the second game, it was the visitors who took an early lead on a Landon Lucansky homer. The Jays, however, needed a late comeback for a second straight day. Arkansas State scored three runs on CU starter Austin Groth in the fourth inning , taking a 3-1 lead. Mike Gerber, who went 2-for-4 hit a two-run home run to tie the score. With the Bluejays down, Gerber doubled down the right field line, driving in a pair. Needing to protect a one-run lead, Coach Ed Servais turned to Peter, who despite loading the bases by allowing a hit and walking two, picked up his first save.
Game 3: Creighton (6-5-1) 2 at Arkansas State (7-8) 6
After losing the first two games, Arkansas State bounced back, taking the series finale and ending Creighton's seven game unbeaten streak. CU starter Tommy Strunc had another tough outing. Unable to make it past the second inning, he allowed four runs on as many hits. The first five Red Wolves hitters had an RBI, belting out seven of the team's nine hits. McKewon led the Jays with their only two RBi,, going 1-for-4 on the evening. ASU used three pitchers with their final reliever, Morgan Craft, pitching the final 4.1 innings in which he struck out four Bluejays.
Game 1: Creighton (7-5-1) 10 at Central Arkansas (8-6) 2
Tuesday afternoon, the Creighton Bluejays concluded their four-game road trip. Starting pitching hasn't caught up just yet, but Taylor Elman went six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits with three K's. Trailing 2-0 after three innings, CU went on to score the next ten runs, which was highlighted by a six-run eighth inning. Seven players drove in runs for the Jays. Lucansky put CU ahead when he singled home Reagan Fowler after Gerber led off the inning with a homer. In the runaway eighth inning, Creighton scored six runs on three hits and two UCA errors.
Next up for the Jays is a three-game series against South Dakota State in the season-opening series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Friday's game starts at 6:30 pm with following games starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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