Omaha, Neb. — A first inning grand slam from senior Parker Upton and a dominant performance on the mound by sophomore Dylan Tebrake led Creighton Baseball to a 6-1 win over St. John’s on Friday, April 30.
The win moved the Bluejays to 15-8 on the season and 7-1 in BIG EAST play, while St. John’s fell to 13-13 overall and 4-8 in conference.
Tebrake got things rolling from the start with three easy ground balls to open the game in the top of the first. His offense took the cue in the bottom half. With one out in the Bluejays’ frame sophomore Andrew Meggs laced a double to left. Sophomore Sterling Hayes battled back from an 0-2 count to work a walk, then freshman Alan Roden stroked an infield single up the middle to load the bags. Facing a 2-2 count Upton lifted a high foul ball near the St. John’s dugout that was dropped by Red Storm first baseman Justin Folz for an error. The Bluejay senior took full advantage of his new opportunity, fighting off three foul balls to finally blast a grand slam to left-center field.
Staked to a 4-0 lead, Tebrake limited the Red Storm to just three hits through six innings.
Creighton added to its advantage in the sixth courtesy of a two-run home run from junior catcher David Vilches, his first of the season.
In the seventh the Red Storm broke Tebrake’s personal scoreless streak of 29.1 innings with a run on a one-out single from Vincent Bianchi and a two-out RBI double by Marty Higgins.
Tebrake rebounded to post a scoreless eighth and worked into the ninth to claim his sixth win (6-0) of the season. Tebrake’s final line saw him go 8.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out nine.
St. John’s starter Nick Mondak took the loss (3-3), allowing four unearned runs in five innings.
Upton led Creighton’s offense, going 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Creighton and St. John’s will continue its four-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 1 beginning at 1:00 pm.