Mark Lukowski supplied five innings of scoreless relief to help Creighton to a 7-5 win over Bradley Saturday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The Bluejays (17-6, 4-1 MVC) took a 2-0 lead in the first after two were out. Jake Peter drew a walk and scored on a double by Mike Gerber. Alex Staehely followed with a single to drive home Gerber.
Bradley (11-15, 1-4 MVC) scratched across a run in the top of the second on two singles, a sacrifice and an RBI ground out. The Jays got the run back in the bottom of the frame. Jerry Mitchell led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on an infield single by Federico Castagnini that was mishandled by third baseman David Compitello.
Mitchell got the Jays going again in the fourth as his lead-off single helped the Jays push their lead to 5-1. Brad McKewon delivered his second sacrifice of the game, then Castagnini put runners at the corners with his second infield single. An RBI ground out by Peter sent Mitchell home, then Gerber smacked an RBI single to right.
The Braves would load the bases with two singles and a walk in the fifth inning. After Bluejay starter Nick Musec forced in a run on a walk to Compitello, coach Ed Servais went to the bullpen for Lukowski.
Lukowski appeared poised to get out of the inning with a strikeout and a bouncer back to the mound for the first two outs, but Mike Tauchmann blasted the first pitch he saw down the right field line for a game-tying three-run triple. Tauchmann was stranded at third and the game went to the bottom of the fifth knotted at 5-5.
Brennan Murphy lined a single to right to open the Jays' fifth. He stole second, then two outs later went to third on a wild pitch. McKewon delivered in the clutch with a single up the middle to give Creighton a 6-5 lead.
Castagnini and Peter opened the eighth with a single and a walk respectively. After a sacrifice by Gerber, Staehely gave the Jays some breathing room with an RBI single for a 7-5 advantage.
Lukowski earned his fourth win of the season (4-1), holding Bradley to just three hits in a career-high five innings of relief. Bradley's Eric Scheuermann took the loss (2-2), surrendering three runs on five hits and one walk in 3.1 innings of relief.