The Creighton baseball team picked up its seventh straight win with its best offensive performance of the season on a windy Sunday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Bluejays (15-7) scored a season-high 15 runs and 19 hits in a 15-5 victory over the Stetson Hatters to claim the three-game sweep.
“We have a lot of guys playing well right now,” junior first baseman Reagan Fowler said. “A couple of weeks ago we were kind of struggling, not finding ourselves out as a team, but now we’ve all bought into the system.”
Fowler had four hits and four RBIs while junior shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald and senior catcher Kevin Lamb each had three hits in four at bats. Lamb also drove in three and Fitzgerald finished with a home run and two RBIs.
Fitzgerald approached the plate in the eighth inning a triple away from the cycle, but he flew out to right field for the first out during the Jays’ five-run inning.
“Some of the guys told me to go for the cycle, but I was just trying to get a base hit and let someone else hit me in,” Fitzgerald said.
Lamb produced a two-RBI double to right-center field to start the late surge.
“Earlier in the year we had some ups and downs, but now we’re starting to figure it out,” Lamb said. “You have to be hot at the right times, and going into the conference [play] is obviously the most important time of the year, and hopefully we can continue to get better.”
Sophomore center fielder Daniel Woodrow delivered with a sacrifice fly to score Lamb and then Fowler ended the scoring in the frame with a two-RBI double to the right-field corner.
Creighton set nine hitters to plate in the eighth and fifth innings of Sunday’s game.
Fitzgerald opened the fifth frame with a solo home run to the right-field bullpen and Fowler laced a two-RBI single to send home Lamb and senior Landon Lucansky.
The Bluejays left the bases loaded in the fifth, but controlled the game with a 10-2 lead heading to the sixth.
The Creighton bullpen allowed three runs off of two hits in the eighth inning, but the five-run bottom half gave the Jays momentum into the ninth.
Lamb delivered a RBI-single to right field to open the scoring for the Jays Sunday afternoon as Creighton scored four in the second inning and two in the third.
Stetson (14-15) responded with one run in the third and fifth innings, but each time the Hatters scored the Bluejays countered with more.
“Every time they build momentum we took it right back from them,” Fowler said. “It just kept the momentum on our side the whole time and they never had it.”
Freshman Keith Rogalla (1-0) picked up his first win in a Bluejay uniform with a five-inning performance in his second start.
“He’s rounding out to be what we thought we were going to get with him,” Servais said. “And we need him now. It’s conference time now, all of the preliminary stuff is over with.”
Creighton travels to Lincoln Tuesday night to face in-state rival Nebraska (21-7). The Cornhuskers swept the No. 16 Texas Longhorns in a three-game series that concluded Sunday.
The Bluejays open conference play on the road against Georgetown. First pitch for the Big East-opener is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.