College Park, Md. — It took 10-innings, but Creighton Baseball’s 10-game win streak came to an end on Sunday, April 25 as the Bluejays fell to Georgetown 3-2.
The loss moved Creighton to 14-8 on the season and 6-1 in BIG EAST play, while Georgetown climbed to 4-8 overall and 4-6 in BIG EAST action.
The Bluejay got a boost from a familiar source in the top of the third as freshman Alan Roden hit his team leading seventh home run of the season out to right-center to give Creighton a 2-0 edge. The home run was setup by a leadoff single from freshman Nolan Clifford and senior Parker Upton hustling down the line to prevent an inning-ending double play.
On the bump senior Ryan Miller worked around trouble in three of the first four innings, stranding five Georgetown runners including four in scoring position.
Finally in the fifth the Hoyas scratched the scoreboard as Eddie McCabe singled up the middle and AJ Lotsis blasted a game-tying home run to left-center.
Georgetown starter Nolan McCarthy settled into a groove in the fourth, retiring 12 straight Bluejays. Creighton masterfully mixed four bullpen arms to carry the game into the ninth still tied at 2-2.
In the ninth Georgetown went to Chase Walter for a hitless frame, while the Bluejays countered with closer John Sakowski for a flawless inning.
With Creighton set to return to Omaha, the game went to extra innings and a runner was placed at second for both teams. Creighton bunted pinch runner Will Hanafan to third, but a short fly out to right field turned into an inning-ending double play for the Bluejays in their half of the tenth. Similarly, Georgetown sacrificed Lotsis to third in the bottom half. The Hoyas also hit a short fly ball to right, but it proved to be just deep enough as Lotsis slide into home just prior to the throw from Roden.
Sakowski was tagged with the loss (1-1) allowing one run (unearned) in two innings of relief. Walter earned the win (1-0) for the Hoyas with two scoreless frames.
Roden and Clifford let Creighton with two hits each, the Bluejays finished with six hits as a squad in the loss.
Creighton returns to the diamond on Friday, April 30 as the Bluejays begin a four-game series with St. John’s in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha at 6:30 pm.