Staten Island, N.Y. — Senior starter Mitch Ragan was simply dominant, allowing just two hits in a complete game win over Seton Hall on Thursday, April 18th in the Bluejays’ 5-1 win. Ragan took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and yielded the only other hit in the ninth to move to 5-1 on the season.
With the win the Bluejays moved to 20-8 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play, while Seton Hall fell to 16-18 on the season and 2-2 in conference action.
The Bluejays jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second by taking advantage of some wildness from Seton Hall starter Mitch Ragan. Senior Jordan Hovey and freshman Jared Wegner opened the frame by getting hit by a pitch. One out later, sophomore David Vilches loaded the bags with a single up the middle. Sophomore Will Hanafan plated Creighton’s first run with a single to center. A wild pitch plated Wegner, then junior Isaac Collins delivered an RBI grounder to short.
That was more than enough offense for Ragan as the Bluejay ace retired 17 of the first 18 Pirate hitters, allowing just one to reach on an error in the third.
Creighton added insurance runs in the sixth and the eighth innings, getting a leadoff double from junior Jason Allbery and an RBI triple from Collins in the sixth. Creighton’s tally in the eighth as Allbery reached on an error, took second on a hit batter went to third via a balk and scored on a sac fly.
Meanwhile Ragan allowed Seton Hall’s first hit with two down in the sixth frame, a single to center from Tyler Shedler-McAvoy, Ragan ended the sixth with a fly ball to right field. Ragan surrendered his only walk in the seventh and gave up a solo home run in the ninth. Ragan needed just 102 pitches for the complete game gem, allowing two hits and one walk. A total of four Pirates reached base in the contest in Creighton’s victory. DeVito took the loss (1-4), allowing four runs on nine hits, one walk and two hit batters in six innings.
Offensively the Bluejays got three hits (3-for-4) from junior Jake Holton as well as a pair of base knocks from Collins, Hovey and Allbery. Collins led the offense with three RBI in the game, while Allbery scored twice.
The two squads will continue the series on Friday, April 19th with first pitch set for 12:00 pm (CT).