Bluejays Pop Pacific 7-2

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Tommy Strunc's first home start at Creighton was one to remember as the redshirt freshman threw 7.1 innings of three-hit ball to help the Bluejays to a 7-2 win over Pacific Friday night before 2,246 fans at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

Creighton (9-3) won its fourth straight game while Pacific fell to 5-11 with its third straight loss.

The Jays scored in the top of the first when Federico Castagnini was hit by a pitch and moved to second on Jake Peter's single. A walk to Mike Gerber loaded the bases for Alex Staehely, who drove home Castagnini with a sacrifice fly.

Castagnini would coax a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the second, plating Reagan Fowler to make it 2-0 and Peter followed with a three-run single. With the bases loaded and on the move in a full-count, two-out situation, Peter's single up the middle bounced off second base and deflect into left-center to make it 5-0.

Creighton went ahead 7-0 against reliever Jake Jenkins with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Staehely and Fowler singled to put runners at the corners with no outs and Staehely scored on a squeeze bunt by Brennan Murphy. Fowler later went to third on a passed ball and came home on a sac fly from Jordan Makovicka.

Strunc (3-0) struck out the final three men he faced in the seventh inning and the lead-off man in the eighth before running out of gas. He allowed consecutive walks before surrendering a two-run double in the gap to pinch-hitter Brett Sullivan to close his outing. Matt Warren escaped the jam and closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.

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