OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton Baseball team suffered a 3-1 loss to Xavier on Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The win gives Xavier (19-24, 9-2 BIG EAST) the head-to-head series win over Creighton (25-10, 6-3 BIG EAST), and keeps the Musketeers in first place of the BIG EAST standings.
Xavier was shutout for the first 14 innings on Sunday, but got all the offense it would need in the top of the sixth inning. Bluejay starter Evan Johnson(5-2) issued one-out walks to Kody Darcy and Conor Grammes, which came back to bite the Bluejays as a single from Jake Shepski loaded the bases. Allbry Major struck out, but Matt Warkentin laced a single to left that scored both Darcy and Grammes.
Creighton drew first blood with a tally in the first inning. Isaac Collins led off the game with a double and following a Parker Upton walk and a wild pitch, scored on a single by Jake Holton. The Jays had a chance for even more damage but three straight flyouts squashed the thread. It would be one of CU’s few threats against Grammes, who improved to 3-5 with seven innings of one-run ball.
Xavier added an insurance run in the eighth frame, once again capitalizing on a one-out walk to Darcy. This time it would be Jake Shepski who drove him home, giving the visitors a 3-1 advantage.
Lane Flamm notched his team-high fifth save of the season by picking up the final six outs on the hill.
Isaac Collins and Jared Wegner each had two hits to pace the Bluejay offense. Johnson allowed just two hits in the first five innings before giving up a pair of singles to two of the last three men he faced, though he did tie his career-high with eight strikeouts.
Creighton returns to action on Tuesday with a pair of games against Nebraska-Omaha. The Bluejays and Mavericks will play at 1 p.m. at Werner Park before meeting at 6:30 p.m. at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.