Creighton Defeats Maryland 3-2

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CU Athletics Solo home runs from juniors Isaac Collins, Jordan Hovey and David Vilches powered the Creighton Baseball team to a 3-2 win in the series opener on Friday, March 22.

The win lifted Creighton to 9-5 on the season, while Maryland fell to 12-9.

Collins opened the game with a solo blast down the right field line, his second home run of the season. Creighton got two solo shots in the second with Hovey opening the frame with a blast to right, then one out later Vilches launched one out to left.

Staked to a 3-0 lead, Creighton ace Mitch Ragan was stellar the first time through the order sitting down five Maryland hitters on strikes in the first three frames. The only blemish Ragan surrendered was a two-run home run in the fifth as Randy Bednar lifted a long fly over the left field wall.

Ragan rebounded to retire the last eight hitters he faced, before turning the ball over to the bullpen in the eighth. A trio of Bluejay hurlers pitched in the eighth, while closer Bobby Kametas closed the game with a five-out save.

The win pushed Ragan to 3-1 on the season as he limited Maryland to two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. Kametas picked up his third save of the season, allowing just two walks in 1.2 innings.

Maryland starter Hunter Parsons took the loss (3-2), allowing three runs on four hits in eight innings of work.

Creighton's fourth hit of the evening was a double in the fifth by senior Jack Strunc.

The Bluejays and Terrapins continue their three-game series on Saturday, March 23 with first pitch set for 1:00 pm.