Since the last time we checked in on the Creighton baseball team, they went 2-2 against Villanova and crosstown rival Omaha. Here are the results of those four contests.
Game 1: Creighton (18-12-1, 3-1) 3 v. Villanova (11-22, 3-4) 6
Villanova jumped out to 2-0 lead before Creighton scored three in the top of the third inning. The Wildcats then scored the tying run in their half of the inning. The Bluejays wouldn't score again; the Wildcats broke the tie, scoring one run in the sixth and two in the eighth. Nova outhit CU 13-7, chasing starter Taylor Elman after 2.1 innings where he allowed eight hits and three runs off. Jake Peter drove in two of the three CU runs.
Game 2: Creighton (19-12-1, 4-1) 12 v. Villanova (11-23, 3-5) 6
After struggling for offense Friday, the Bluejays scored in seven of the nine innings. Mike Gerber was 5-for-5, driving in a team-high four runs. Joey Mancuso also had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBI. As a team, CU belted out 19 hits compared to just nine for VU. Jeff Albrecht went 3.1 innings, surrendering three runs and allowing five hits. Bryan Sova went the rest of the way, tossing 5.2 innings of relief and picking up his second win.
Game 3: Creighton (20-12-1, 5-1) 4 v. Villanova (11-24, 3-6) 0
Matt Warren, who missed his scheduled start due to dental issues, didn't miss a beat, throwing seven innings and allowing three hits while striking out four. Mark Lukowski, John Oltman and Nick Highberger allowed one hit while preserving the shutout. Gerber and Mancuso combined to drive in the four runs, which got Creighton their fifth win in BIG EAST play.
Omaha (20-13) 4 v. Creighton (20-13-1) 1
Eight pitchers saw action in this midweek contest against Omaha, but it was Elman who took the loss after allowing a first-inning homer. The Mavericks continued, getting two more runs off Tommy Strunc in the third inning. It wasn't until the eighth inning that Creighton got on the board via a Gerber double. It was a game of runners left on base that hurt the Jays, as they left eight on base compared to three for UNO.
This weekend, fifth-place Butler (16-23, 4-5) comes to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha to continue conference play. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
BIG EAST Standings
Xavier Musketeers (7-2, 22-18)
Creighton Bluejays (5-1, 20-13-1)
St. John's Red Storm (4-2, 24-14)
Seton Hall Pirates (3-3, 28-9)
Butler Bulldogs (4-5, 16-23)
Villanova Wildcats (3-6, 12-25)
Georgetown Hoyas (1-8, 15-22)
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