CU Sweeps Hoyas in BIG EAST Opener

The Bluejays took all three games of the series against Georgetown at T.D. Ameritrade Park.

In its first BIG EAST series, the Creighton Bluejays outscored the visiting Georgetown Hoyas 31-9 over three games. Due to weather concerns on Sunday, the series consisted of a single game Friday and a series-ending doubleheader on Saturday.

Game 1: Georgetown (12-18, 0-4) 0 v. Creighton (16-11, 1-0) 2
Matt Warren was the story of the conference opener, throwing a complete game on just 106 pitches. He improved to 7-0 this season, allowing only two hits. The sophomore walked four batters against two strikeouts in the win. Matt Smith was equal to the task, going seven innings in a game that lasted an hour and 52 minutes. In the fifth, Nicky Lopez worked a walk, as did Ryan Fitzgerald, bringing Jake Peter to the plate with two outs. On a 1-1 pitch, Peter tripled to left field, driving in both runners and giving Warren all the run support needed.

Game 2: Georgetown (12-19, 0-5) 4 v. Creighton (17-11, 2-0) 13
Taylor Elman got the ball to start game one of the Saturday doubleheader and gave his team a career-high seven innings. Elman moved to 2-3 on the season, striking out six Hoyas before giving way to Nick Highberger, who threw two perfect innings. Offensively, the Jays scored 13 runs on 12 hits, led by Reagan Fowler who went 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. CU's patience at the plate was rewarded with 11 walks. Brad McKewon earned four free passes. Eight of the 11 Bluejays who recorded an at-bat drove in at least one run.

Game 3: Georgetown (12-20, 0-6) 5 v. Creighton (18-11, 3-0) 16
After his starters worked deep into the opening two games of the series, Creighton head coach Ed Servais had the luxury of a full bullpen for the second game on Saturday. Jeff Albrecht got the start but only lasted 2.1 innings, surrendering three runs on five hits against 12 batters. Will Bamesberger, Mark Lukowski, Max Ising, John Oltman and Tommy Strunc combined to throw 6.2 innings of relief, allowing two runs and scattering six hits. Like game one, Creighton had the offense going, scoring 16 runs on 16 hits. CU touched home in the first, second, third, sixth and seventh innings. Leading 6-5 in the sixth, it was a seven-run inning that gave CU enough separation. With the bases loaded, Fitzerald hit it just past the Georgetown center fielder who made a diving attempt but came up short. The play ended with an inside-the-park grand slam. Ben Lahn came in as a pinch hitter in the seventh, popped a three-run homer, the team's second of the afternoon. Eight Jays drove in a run, lead by Fitzerald's four. Fowler, who went 4-for-4 and finished a home run shy of the cycle, drove in three runs, as did Lahn. Joey Mancuso had two RBI, while four others had one.

Next up is a Thursday – Saturday trip to Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania for a three-game series at Villanova (10-22, 2-4).

BIG EAST Standings
Xavier Musketeers (6-0, 20-14)
Creighton Bluejays (3-0, 18-11)
St. John's Red Storm (4-2, 20-13)
Seton Hall Pirates (1-2, 25-7)
Butler Bulldogs (2-4, 14-20)
Villanova Wildcats (2-4, 10-22)
Georgetown Hoyas (0-6, 12-20)

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