Bluejays Take Two From Red Storm

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Senior Mike Gerber had a career day with two home runs and six RBIs to lead Creighton to wins of 13-11 and 15-5 over St. John's Sunday afternoon in New York.

Jake Peter blasted a three-run homer in the ninth to give the Jays the 13-11 win, completing the game suspended by rain Saturday afternoon.

Down 11-10 with one out in the top of the ninth, Brad McKewon lined his fifth hit of the game through the left side. Ryan Fitzgerald was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Peter. After taking a first-pitch strike, Peter blasted a fastball over the right field wall, the first runs allowed by St. John's closer Joe Kuzia in 33.2 innings. Creighton closer Bryan Sova worked a scoreless ninth to preserve the win.

The game had resumed in the top of the sixth inning with St. John's holding a 5-4 lead. The Bluejays pushed across the tying run on McKewon's RBI single. St. John's appeared to take control with four runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-5 lead, but Creighton responded with five runs in the top of the seventh for a 10-9 lead.

Walks to Peter and Gerber followed by a single from Reagan Fowler loaded the bases. Brett Murray plated Peter with a sac fly, then Nicky Lopez singled to fill the bags once more. Joey Mancuso made it 9-7 with a single to right. One out later, McKewon knotted the game with a two-run single and Fitzgerald gave the Bluejays the lead with another hit.

St. John's responded with single runs in the seventh and the eighth for an 11-10 advantage.

Nick Highberger picked up the win (3-0), allowing one run on three hits in 1.2 innings of relief. Kuzia took the loss, tagged for three runs on three hits in one inning of work.

The wins moved Creighton to 27-15-1 and put the Bluejays in sole possession of first place in the Big East at 12-3. St. John's fell to 32-17 and 11-4 in conference play.

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