An eight-run seventh inning powered Creighton past Wisconsin-Milwaukee 14-6 Sunday afternoon in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Down 1-0 after the first, the Jays got on the board with two runs in the top of the third. Brad McKewon led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice by Federico Castagnini. Jake Peter followed with a triple tying the game at 1-1. Mike Gerber hit a sacrifice fly to right to give the Bluejays a 2-1 lead.
The Panthers tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third, but Creighton answered with two more runs in the top of the fourth. Reagan Fowler, Michael Blatchford and Ben Lahn all drew walks. Fowler was picked off and Blatchford was retired on a safety squeeze attempt by Jerry Mitchell. McKewon cleared the bases with a two-run double to left field driving home Mitchell and Lahn.
Milwaukee (4-9) bounced back with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.
The Jays (6-3) erupted for eight runs in the seventh. Peter led off with a single and two outs later Fowler drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Blatchford singled in Peter and an error allowed Fowler to come in as well while Blatchford took third. A walk to Lahn brought Kevin Lamb to the plate, who came in defensively in the sixth. Lamb launched a 1-0 pitch over the right-center field wall to make it 9-5.
Milwaukee made a pitching change, but McKewon singled and Castagnini and Peter walked to load the bases. Gerber cleared the bases with a triple of the center field wall to extend the Jays' lead to 12-5.
The Panthers scratched across a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Jays added to their lead win a run in the eighth and ninth.
Max Ising earned the win (1-0), allowing one hit in 2.2 innings of relief. Freshman Nick Highberger closed the door with two innings of scoreless ball.
Milwaukee's Eric King took the loss (0-3) as he surrendered the first five runs in the seventh. He was changed with five runs on four hits and two walks in 2.2 innings.