Creighton baseball started its season on a positive note last weekend with a 2-1 series victory over Seattle.
In the first game back, the reigning Big East champs controlled the seven-inning game with a 7-0 defeat over the Redhawks.
The Bluejays got out to an early start behind sophomore outfielder Jared Wegner who notched a home run in the second inning to tally his team’s first run of the year.
Both teams went scoreless for the next few innings until the fifth frame when Creighton put up a six-run stand.
The inning saw an additional six Bluejays cross home plate — four of which came off walks and the final two batted in off a single by junior catcher David Vilches.
Defensively the Jays allowed two hits as sophomore pitchers Dylan Tebrake and Tommy Steier held the Redhawks to no runs in the teams’ first outing of the season.
The afternoon game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third frame when Creighton allowed four runs following four consecutive singles followed by two more in the fourth.
At the plate, four Bluejays tallied two hits on the evening. Senior infielder Ryan Mantle drove in his team’s only runs. The first came in the seventh inning as junior infielder Evan Spry was driven in followed by junior outfielder Will Hanafan’s score in the ninth off Mantle’s RBI single.
Both teams had 11 hits in the contest, but the Jays couldn’t connect to bring players home.
The 7-2 final put the series at a split before the final game.
With Saturday off because of weather delays, the teams hit the field again Sunday afternoon to close the series.
In a battle to the last inning, the Bluejays knocked off their host 5-4 to win the series.
The game was back and forth with Creighton and Seattle exchanging runs in the first, followed by two runs in the second with RBIs from Hanafan and senior fielder Parker Upton to go up 3-1 on the Redhawks.
Seattle answered with three straight runs as it held the Bluejays to no runs through six consecutive innings.
Heading into the final frame trailing 4-3, Creighton rallied to take a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the last inning.
Giving up seven hits, the Jays had the disadvantage, but seven Bluejays hit by a pitch kept them in scoring position to take a lead.
John Salkowski struck out two batters in the ninth to ice the game 5-4.
To secure their final victory on the weekend the Bluejays turned to the bullpen three times. Sakowski pitched two scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.
The Bluejays now prepare for another road battle as they travel to California this weekend to face San Jose State in each of the teams’ second series of the season.