Gerber Powers Jays past Stephen F. Austin

The senior became the first player to homer twice in one game at T.D. Ameritrade Park.

Creighton started off Tuesday scheduled to play a day-night doubleheader against Stephen F. Austin and in-state rival Nebraska, however travel issues with the Cornhuskers caused the night game to be cancelled.

The Bluejays did play their regularly scheduled game against the Lumberjacks from the Southland Conference. It was a high-scoring affair between the teams with CU outlasting SFA 10-8.

Stephen F. Austin opened up with four runs off CU starter Tommy Strunc who went a third of an inning, allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits. Evan Berndt came in relief and tossed two innings, allowing one run on no-hits with two strikeouts.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning, the Jays struck for three runs with Jake Peter, Brett Murray and Nicky Lopez driving in runs. It was 5-3 heading to the bottom of the third when the Bluejays added three more runs, taking a one-run lead.

SFA scored in their half of the fifth inning, tying the game up at six. For the third time of the day, CU dropped a three spot. Mike Gerber hit his first of two home runs to start the scoring, Lopez and Cody Kottich drove in runs to cap the offense in the fifth.

After the Jacks scored one in the eighth, making it 9-7, Gerber hit his second long ball, making him the first player to go yard twice in a game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Bryan Sova came on for the ninth and earned his eighth save despite allowing a run.

Max Ising pitched 1.2 innings, earning his second win by giving up one hit and striking out one. Gerber finished 4 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Murray also had a three-hit game while driving in four runs. Lopez and Kottich had two-RBI days while Peter plated one.

The Bluejays enter their final conference series in Cincinnati against the Xavier atop the BIG EAST standings. Game times are 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday with the series concluding at 11 a.m. Saturday.

BIG EAST Standings
Creighton Bluejays (12-3, 28-15-1)
St. John's Red Storm (11-4, 32-17)
Seton Hall Pirates (10-5, 36-11)
Xavier Musketeers (7-8, 24-24)
Butler Bulldogs (5-10, 18-29)
Georgetown Hoyas (5-13, 19-28)
Villanova Wildcats (4-11, 16-30)

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