South Orange, N.J. — Down 1-0 heading into the eighth inning, sophomore Clark Brinkman delivered a game-tying single (8th) then sophomore Michael Emodi blasted a prodigious home run to open the ninth as Creighton Baseball defeated Seton Hall 2-1 on Friday, May 5th.
The win pushed the Bluejays to 20-17 on the season and 9-2 in BIG EAST action, while the Pirates dropped to 23-19 overall and 6-7 in conference play.
Early in the contest the Creighton and Seton Hall starters battled toe-to-toe in a pitchers duel. Bluejay hurler Rollie Lacy limited the Pirates to two hits and a hit batter while striking out seven in the first five innings. Seton Hall’s Chad Morris, meanwhile, worked around Creighton getting the leadoff man on in the second, third, fourth and fifth frame as the contest moved to the sixth with goose eggs on both sides.
Seton Hall scratched across its lone run in the sixth as Mike Caputo drew a leadoff walk, then moved to second on a sacrifice. After a single put runners at the corners, a two-out wild pitch allowed the Pirates to claim a 1-0 edge.
After freshman Will Robertson opened the seventh with a walk, the Pirates called Andrew Politi from the bullpen. The switch worked as Robertson was caught stealing, followed by consecutive strikeouts to end the frame.
The bottom of the order picked up the Bluejays in the eighth as junior Kyle Lopez bounced an infield single up the middle, then went to second on an errant throw. Freshman Jason Allbery sent pinch runner Ben Reznicek to third, setting up Brinkman for the game-tying RBI single through the left side.
After seeing his squad pull even, Lacy went back to the bump to open the eighth. He quickly got a ground out to third, but left after a walk to nine-hole hitter Jackson Martin.
Reliever Ethan DeCaster immediately gave up an infield single to third to Tylers Shedler-McAvoy. Senior Bryce Only‘s throw to first skipped into the fence in right field, but Robertson alertly raced to the ball and cut down Martin trying to score by several feet. Shedler-McAvoy moved to third with the commotion, but DeCaster sat Joe Poduslenko down on strikes to send the game to the ninth knotted at 1-1.
Facing a 1-1 count, Emodi launched a ball into the fog in left-center field that not only cleared the fence, but clanked off the metal bleaches setup when Owen T. Carroll Field is used a soccer pitch.
Staked to a 2-1 edge, DeCaster retired the first two hitters in the ninth, but a single to center and a double that glanced off Only’s glove into short left field put the game-winning runner in scoring position for the Pirates. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, DeCaster got Caputo on strikes to give the Bluejays the victory.
DeCaster picked up the win (3-1) with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Politi took the loss (0-3), allowing two runs on three hits in three innings of work.
Creighton and Seton Hall will conclude its three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 6, game one is set to begin at 12:00 pm (CT).