Omaha, Neb. — Playing in front of over 8,000 on Cox Kids Day, a strong start from junior Denson Hull coupled with seven runs in the fourth and fifth frames lifted the Creighton Baseball team to an 8-1 win over UNO on Tuesday, May 15.
The win moved Creighton to 32-15 on the season, while UNO fell to 14-33. The victory also gave the Bluejays a season sweep of the Mavericks. With Creighton’s sweep of Nebraksa earlier this season, the Bluejays finished 6-0 against their state rivals.
The Mavericks got on the scoreboard first with a run on two hits in the opening frame, highlighted by an RBI single from Grant Soponchick. That was the last hit UNO managed in the ballgame as Hull and five Creighton reliever’s allowed just one UNO hitter to reach base in the final eight innings.
Creighton pulled even with a run in the bottom of the second as junior Ryan Mantle drew a one-out walk, took second on a grounder to the left side, then scored via an RBI single from junior Jack Strunc.
The Bluejays surged ahead with three runs on five hits in the fourth. Sophomore Will Robertson got things started hustling into second base with a leadoff double to left-center. Mantle moved Robertson to third with a sacrifice bunt, then the Bluejays strung together four straight singles. Junior Thomas Luevano pulled an RBI single through the left side to make it 2-1. After Strunc sent Luevano to third with another single, sophomore Jason Allbery bounced Creighton’s third straight single through the six hole. Luevano scored on the play, but Strunc was cut down trying to advance to third. Freshman Evan Spry closed the scoring in the frame with an RBI single to left.
The Bluejay offense went back to work in the fifth, this time plating four runs on three hits, two Maverick errors and a hit batter. Sophomore Isaac Collins started the inning with a single to right. One out later Robertson was hit by a pitch. Mantle reached on an error to load the bases, then Luevano lifted a two-run single to left. Mantle and Luevano moved to second and third as the throw in got away. Strunc took advantage with a two-run single of his own to make it 8-1.
Hull took the game to the sixth for the Bluejays, retiring the final 14 hitters he faced to move to 1-0 on the season. In total the southpaw allowed one run on two hits and a walk
Maverick starter Jake Pennington suffered the loss (2-8) as he allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
Creighton returns to the diamond on Thursday, May 17 the Bluejays host California at 6:30 p.m.