Lawrence, Kan. — Trailing 3-0 after one, a trio of solo home runs helped the Creighton Baseball team rally for a 6-5 win at Kansas on Wednesday, April 24th. It was Creighton’s fifth straight win of the season, getting two solo shots from junior Isaac Collins and one the game-winning blast from junior Jake Holton.
The win pushed Creighton’s record to 24-8 on the season, while Kansas fell to 20-19.
The Bluejays fell behind 3-0 in the opening frame as Kansas got a three-run blast from Nolan Metcalf with two down in the bottom of the inning off Bluejay starter Dylan Tebrake. The Creighton freshman rebounded to hold Kansas right there for 2.2 innings, giving his offense a chance to respond.
Creighton got rolling the second time through the order as Collins smashed a two-out solo home run to left-center in the third to make it 3-1. Junior Parker Uptonfollowed with a double to right-center and junior Jake Holton plated the Bluejays’ second run on an RBI single to center.
The score remained 3-2 Kansas until Collin’s next trip to the dish in the fifth. Once more Creighton’s second baseman circled the bases, this time connecting for his fourth home run of the season to left. Upton was promptly plunked and Holton doubled to deep center, putting two Bluejays in scoring position. An RBI groundout by junior Will Robertson and a sac fly that was mishandled off the bat of senior Jack Strunc gave the Jays a 5-3 edge.
Bluejay reliever Ryan Connolly was impressive in 2.2 innings of work, but was lifted in the sixth after a single by Brett Vosik. Kansas went on to knot the contest at 5-5 in the sixth on a two-run double from Skyler Messinger. Freshman Ryan Windham held the Jayhawks off to move the game to the seventh still deadlocked.
Holton wasted little time in putting Creighton back in front, opening the frame with his 10th long ball of the season over the left field wall.
Back in front Bluejay head coach Ed Servais went to junior Jonah Smith for the final nine outs of the game. Smith worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh with a little help from Collins’ turning a double play. He got another twin killing to close the eighth and worked a flawless ninth to record his first save of the season.
Windham nabbed the win (1-0), allowing one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning, while Kansas reliever Stone Parker took the loss (1-1) by giving up Holton’s blast. Parker faced just Holton in the ballgame.
Offensively the trio of Collins, Upton and Holton went 7-for-13 with all six runs scored for the Jays and four RBI. Collins’ two home run game was the first of his Creighton career.
Creighton returns home for a pivotal BIG EAST series against Xavier, beginning Friday at 6:30 pm.