Tommy Strunc took a no-hitter into the ninth inning and Jake Peter came on for the final three outs as Creighton opened a weekend series with a 4-3 win over Southern Illinois Friday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
Strunc's no-hit bid was broken up on a single up the middle by Rennie Troggio on the first pitch of the ninth inning. Peter came on in relief and would surrender a double and home run before getting the final three outs to secure the victory.
Strunc was dominant from the start, striking out the first five men he faced and mowing down seven of the first nine men via the strikeout. Strunc labored through a long seventh inning, stranding two men before a 1-2-3 eighth. The first two men flied out on lazy fly balls before Jake Welch nearly broke up the no-hitter with a sharp line drive up the middle. Strunc knocked down the ball (which also knocked off his glove), then scampered behind the mound to retrieve it. He would whirl and throw to a stretching Landon Lucansky at first base to finish the eighth at 121 pitches.
Creighton scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning when Lucansky scored on a a single by Kevin Lamb. The Jays added three runs in the third when Alex Staehely's high fly curled just inside the left-field foul pole for his second homer of the season, making it 4-0. The home run scored Peter and Federico Castagnini as well.
After Troggio's single to open the ninth, Matt Jones doubled to greet Peter. Austin Montgomery then turned on a Peter fastball to hit his fifth homer of the year into left and trim CU's lead to 4-3.