Nashville, Tenn. — The Creighton offense was on display as the Bluejays smashed four home runs to defeat Lipscomb 11-4 on Friday, Feb. 26. It was Creighton’s first action since the pandemic shortened the 2020 season, a span of 352 days since, on March 11, 2020.
The win lifted Creighton to 1-0 on the season, while Lipscomb fell to 2-2.
The Bluejays got on the board first with a run in the second as newcomer Dax Roper singled down the left field line, moved around the bases on a pair of sac bunts and an error, then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jared Wegner.
Creighton’s lead grew to 4-0 in the third as Alan Roden blasted a three-run shot down the right field line. Scoring on the play were senior Parker Upton and junior David Vilches, who each walked earlier in the inning.
The top of the fourth saw another Bluejay newcomer contribute as shortstop Sterling Hays connected on his first hit, a home run, to left field.
Lipscomb rallied with three runs on four hits, an error and a walk.
Holding a 5-3 edge entering the sixth inning, Creighton created some separation with four runs on five hits in the frame. Sophomore Andrew Meggs started things off with a solo homer to left, then junior David Webel doubled to center. One out later a short single to right put on the corners. With two down in the inning junior David Vilches lifted an RBI double to left, then Roden laced a two-run single up the middle to make it 9-3.
Creighton’s final two tallies came on a solo shot to left-center by Roper in the eighth and an RBI single to left from junior Will Hanafan in the ninth.
The Bluejay offense finished with 14 hits, including six extra-base knocks. Roden led Creighton at the dish, going 3-for-3 with five RBI.
Despite the rocky fourth inning, sophomore Dylan Tebrake was strong in five innings of of work to pick up the win. Tebrake allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk. Three Bluejay relievers combined to allow one run on two hits over four frames.
Lipscomb starter Noah Thompson allowed five runs on four hits and three walks to take the loss (0-1).
Creighton returns to the diamond on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1:00 for a doubleheader at Belmont.