Jays Take Two from Seton Hall

The series win locks the Bluejays into the BIG EAST Conference Tournament.

Mother Nature again claimed a midweek game for the Creighton Bluejays, who were scheduled to host Nebraska on Wednesday. However, CU hosted Seton Hall this weekend with a chance to clinch a bid in the BIG EAST tournament.

Game 1: Seton Hall (33-9, 7-3) 8 v. Creighton (23-14-1, 8-2) 2

Two of the league's best pitchers Josh Prevost and Matt Warren dueled in the series opener at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Seton Hall struck first, but CU quickly answered, scoring two runs in the sixth. That was all the offense the home team could muster up on Friday night, as SHU scored seven unanswered runs. Warren went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Prevost dazzled for the Pirates, going all nine, striking out seven and yielding two runs on three hits.

Game 2: Seton Hall (33-10, 7-4) 3 v. Creighton (24-14-1, 9-2) 4 F/10

Seton Hall again grabbed the early lead, only to see Creighton score three unanswered. The Pirates tied things up in the sixth inning, plating two runs and making it 3-3. After four scoreless innings, CU struck in the bottom of the tenth when Brad McKewon singled to right, bringing pinch runner Daniel Woodrow home. The Bluejays used just two pitchers with Taylor Elman getting a no-decision after 5.1 innings before giving way to Bryan Sova, who kept the Hall off the board over 4.2 innings of relief.

Game 3: Seton Hall (33-11, 7-5) 7 v. Creighton (25-14-1, 10-2) 8 F/10

For the third straight day, there was a need for a comeback by the hosts. A two-run homer by SHU's Sal Annunziata got the visitors out front yet again. Creighton trailed the entire game before knotting the score at three, five and seven. In the bottom of the tenth, with the Pirates up two, the final comeback occurred. McKewon singled before Ryan Fitzgerald and Jake Peter drew back-to-back walks, loading the bases. Mike Gerber was unable to advance the runners. Reagan Fowler produced another clutch at-bat at TDAPO, singling up the middle and tying the score.

CU wasn't done. They attempted a double steal, and the catcher's throw to third hit off Peter's leg and took a funny hop that allowed the junior to race home and beat the throw, giving the Jays another extra inning win. McKewon and Fowler drove in two each with Jerry Mitchell and Ben Lahn plating two. This victory assured the Jays a spot in the four-team BIG EAST tournament that starts later this month in Brooklyn, New York.

Senior day saw six Bluejays honored: McKewon, Lahn, Gerber, Mitchell, Sova and Cody Kottich before Sunday's final. Creighton is off this week due to finals but travels to St. John's for a Friday–Sunday series.

BIG EAST Standings
St. John's Red Storm (10-2, 30-15)
Creighton Bluejays (10-2, 25-14-1)
Seton Hall Pirates (7-5, 33-11)
Xavier Musketeers (7-5, 24-21)
Butler Bulldogs (4-8, 17-26)
Villanova Wildcats (4-11, 13-30)
Georgetown Hoyas (3-12, 17-26)

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