Trailing 3-0 in the top of the first inning, senior Jack Strunc put the Creighton Baseball team in front for good with a grand slam in the bottom of the first as the Bluejays claimed the BIG EAST Championship title with a 9-8 win over Xavier on Saturday, May 25.
The win pushed Creighton to 38-11 on the season as the Bluejays advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2012 as the automatic qualifier for the BIG EAST Tournament.
Creighton will await word on if the Bluejays are hosting an NCAA Tournament Regional on Sunday. Should the Bluejays not host a regional, Creighton will find out where the team is going during the NCAA Selection show on Monday, May 29 at 11:00 am (CT).
Xavier got on the board with two down in the first as Allbry Major blasted a solo home run to right center. The Musketeers added two more runs in the frame, scoring on a sun aided double the split the Bluejays in short center field.
Creighton answered immediately as junior Parker Upton got things started with a one-out single to right-center. Consecutive walks to juniors Jake Holton and Will Robertson set the stage for Strunc. The Bluejay senior shortstop blasted the first pitch of his at-bat down the left field line to give the Bluejays a 4-3 advantage.