Powered by a seven-run sixth inning, Creighton defeated host Dallas Baptist 15-6 Saturday afternoon.
The Bluejays (2-0) got on the board in the top of the first as Brad McKewon reached on an error and scored two outs later on a double by Mike Gerber.
Dallas Baptist (0-2) took the lead with two in the third, then tacked on four runs in the fourth to chase Bluejay starter Tommy Strunc. The freshman allowed five runs on four hits and four walks in 3.2 innings.
Trailing 6-1 entering the sixth the Jays bats went to work. Creighton sent 11 men to the plate, knocking out six hits and took advantage of two errors to take the lead 8-6.
McKewon opened the inning with a single and Federico Castagnini sliced a double down the left field line to put runners at second and third. Jake Peter lifted a ball into short left field that bounced off the glove of DBU's Duncan McAlpine. McKewon came on to score, but Castagnini stayed at second. The next batter, Gerber, delivered his second RBI on a single through the right side to make it 6-3. Brennan Murphy drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Alex Staehely hit a three-run double to tie the game, chasing Dallas Baptist starter, Jake Johansen (0-1).
The first hitter reliever Cody Beam faced was freshman Reagan Fowler, who greeted Beam with an RBI single up the middle to give Creighton the lead at 7-6. Michael Blatchford came to the plate next as a pinch-hitter and dropped a bunt down the first base line and reached on the second Patriot error of the inning to put runners at first and second. Kevin Lamb sent Fowler to third and Blatchford to second with another sacrifice, then McKewon capped the inning with an RBI single to left to make it 8-6.
Creighton added four more runs in the seventh, benefiting from a balk and RBI singles by Fowler, Blatchford and McKewon to make it 12-6.
In the ninth, Lamb knocked a two-run single and Peter added an RBI single. Mark Lukowski earned the win (1-0) with 2.2 innings of one-run ball.
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