CU Athletics Staked to an early 8-0 lead in the opening frame, the Creighton Baseball team opened its series with Illinois State with a 17-3 win on Saturday, March 30.
The win moved Creighton to 12-6 on the season, while Illinois State fell to 13-11.
The Bluejays plated eight runs on six hits and three costly Redbird errors in the first. Junior Isaac Collins got things started by lifting a ball over the head of Illinois State center fielder John Rave. Creighton's next batter, junior Parker Upton, blasted a two-run home run to left field to make it 2-0. After junior Will Robertson was hit by a pitch, the next two Bluejays were retired. Senior Jordan Hovey ripped an RBI single up the middle, taking second on the throw to the plate. Then freshman Jared Wegner blooped an RBI double down the left field line to make it 4-0. The following three Bluejay hitters reached on three consecutive Redbird errors, then Upton capped the frame with an RBI single giving the Bluejays an 8-0 advantage.
Illinois State got on the board with a run in the fourth, but Creighton responded with three runs of their own. The Bluejay damage came as Upton led off the inning with a single to right, Robertson followed with another single to right, then Jake Holton launched a three-run homer to right-center to make it 11-1.
Creighton and Illinois State will continue the series with a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm on Sunday, March 31.