New York, N.Y. — Senior Ryan Tapani and sophomore Will Robertson swept the BIG EAST Weekly awards for the second time this season as the duo helped the Bluejays post a perfect 5-0 week from May 7-13.
Tapani tossed a complete game shutout in the series opener against Villanova with an impressive stat line of 12 strikeouts, three hits and one walk. In the 4-0 win for the Bluejays, Tapani tossed 127 pitches and just allowed six batters over the minimum. After an error allowed Villanova’s first hitter of the game to reach, Tapani retired 16 consecutive hitters. It was Tapani’s first career complete game and was a personal record in pitches and strikeouts. It was the first complete game shutout for a Bluejay since since Rollie Lacy did so against St. John’s on April 17, 2015.
Robertson had a seven-RBI week to help the Bluejays go undefeated against Nebraska, Nebraska-Omaha and BIG EAST foe Villanova. Robertson closed the week 7-for-19 (.368) with a team best seven RBI and a .579 slugging percentage. He blasted his team-leading 12th home run in a 10-6 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. He delivered at least one RBI in the Bluejays’ first four games of the week and scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning of the series finale with Villanova.
Tapani and Robertson lead Creighton into a four-game non-conference week as the Bluejays face UNO on Tuesday, then host California in their final regular-season series of 2018 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.