Creighton baseball moved to

14-6 with a series sweep over Illinois

State this past weekend. The

Bluejays entered Saturday’s matchup

following a 6-3 home opener

loss to rival Nebraska.

Creighton did exactly that as

they jumped out to an 8-0 lead in

the bottom of the first and never

looked back. The Bluejays plated

eight runs on six hits and three

very costly Redbird errors.

Illinois State finally countered

with a run of their own but were

met by a red-hot Creighton batting

lineup that quickly answered with

six more runs to extend the lead

to 14-1. Creighton finished off the

game with a 17-3 win.

The second game of the day got

off to a rough start for the Bluejays

as they found themselves down 6-0

in the third inning.

The strong start from Illinois

State was highlighted by a grand

slam from Redbirds shortstop

Aidan Huggins in the second inning.

Creighton found their way onto

the scoreboard in the bottom half

of the third via a double from

sophomore catcher Garrett Gilbert

and a sacrifice fly from junior outfielder

Will Robertson.

Creighton kept chipping away

when junior infielder Jake Holton

squared up a breaking ball from

Jeff Lindgren and drove his seventh

homerun of the season over the

wall in left center at TD Ameritrade

Park.

Creighton tacked on four more

unanswered runs in the sixth to

take the lead 8-7, but Illinois State

tied the game up courtesy of a solo

homerun from Joe Aeilts that sent

the game into extra innings.

As the game moved into the

11th frame, Creighton found

themselves knotted at 8-8 in the

first game of Sunday’s double header

against the Redbirds.

Creighton junior infielder Isaac

Collins got the inning started with

a line drive double to left field and

was advanced to third by Upton.

Illinois State intentionally walked

the bases loaded, but the strategy

didn’t work, as senior Jordan Hovey

was walked on a 3-1 count to

walk off the game.

In the final game of the weekend

series in Omaha, Illinois State

jumped out to the lead again following

three singles that plated one

run in the third.

With two down in the bottom

of the third, the hot bat of Holton

came up clutch with his eighth

homerun of the year to give them

the lead 4-1.

Creighton added three more

runs and won the game by a final

score of 7-3. The win went to

pitcher Evan Johnson, who improved

to 3-0 with a game ERA of

3.18. Creighton moved to 14-6 on

the season with the sweep of Illinois

State.

“When we play with a lot of energy,

we are a tough team to beat,”

said Head Coach Ed Servais following

the game.

Creighton is back at home this

weekend with a series against Kansas

State. The Wildcats are 12-16

on the season and 1-5 in Big 12

play.

“The boys had a lot of energy

from the game on Tuesday night,

that gave us a chip on our shoulder

and we wanted to hit the ball hard

and score a lot of runs today,” said

junior outfielder Parker Upton following

Saturday’s game.

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