Staten Island, N.Y. — After allowing a solo home run to open the bottom of the first inning, Creighton starter Evan Johnson held Seton Hall to just two hits over seven frames as the Bluejays swept the Pirates with a 3-1 win on Saturday, April 20th.
The win pushed the Bluejays to 22-8 on the season and 5-1 in BIG EAST play, while Seton Hall fell to 16-20 overall and 2-4 in conference action.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame as Jerry Huntzinger blasted a solo home run to left field. Johnson rebounded to nine of the next ten batters to move the game to the fourth inning.
Creighton pulled even in the fourth as junior Will Robertson singled up the middle, took second as junior Jake Holton was hit by a pitch. Both Bluejay runners advanced 90 feet on an errant pickoff attempt by Pirate catcher Huntzinger. Robertson scampered home on a single from senior Jack Strunc to knot the game at 1-1.
The Bluejays moved ahead 2-1 in the following inning as sophomore David Vilches took advantage of a dropped foul ball to drew a walk. After moving to second on a sac bunt from sophomore Will Hanafan, Robertson delivered a two out RBI single through the right side.
Johnson continued to shine on the bump, allowing just four Pirates to reach after the solo home run during seven innings of work.
Johnson picked up the win (5-1), allowing one run on three hits and one walk in seven innings. Seton Hall starter Noah Thompson was the hard luck loser (2-3), giving up two unearned runs on five hits in 6.1 innings. Sakowski worked a flawless eighth, while Kametas got his fourth save of the season with a perfect ninth.
Robertson led the Bluejay offense with two hits (2-for-4) with a run scored and an RBI.
Creighton returns to action on Tuesday, April 23rd as the Bluejays host Nebraska at 7:00 pm in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.