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
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
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
“When we play with a lot of energy,
we are a tough team to beat,”
said Head Coach Ed Servais following
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
“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