A dominant performance on both sides of the ball helped the Creighton Baseball team even the season series with Nebraska as the Bluejays downed the Huskers 10-2 on Tuesday, April 9.
The win moved the Bluejays to 17-7 on the season, while Nebraska fell to 17-10.
Junior Jake Holton's mighty swing in the top of the first gave Creighton the early momentum, as the junior college transfer launched his ninth home run into a 16 mile per hour wind to clear the left-center field wall. Holton's blast gave the Bluejays a 2-0 lead, scoring junior Isaac Collins, who opened the first inning with a single up the middle.
Staked to a 2-0 lead, senior starter Denson Hull sparkled in two innings of work. The Bluejays Saturday starter, Hull needed just 27 pitches to induce five ground outs and a punch out moving the came to the third.
Creighton's offense tacked on three runs by taking advantage of Husker gifts. With one down in the frame, the Bluejays loaded the bags with two hit batters and a walk. Senior Jack Strunc made the most of the chance with a two-run double down the left field line. Senior Jordan Hovey followed with a sac fly to center, pushing Creighton's lead to 5-0.
Reliever Ben Dotzler came on for a flawless third, then gave way to freshman Paul Bergstrom with two on and two out in the fourth. The Illinois native ended the fourth with a grounder to first and went on to retire all five men he faced.
The Bluejay offense continued to make Nebraska pay for its mistakes with an unearned run in the fifth as junior Will Robertson scored on a sac fly from Strunc. Creighton added four runs in the seventh on an RBI single from Holton, an RBI double from Strunc, an RBI groundout by Hovey and a sac fly from Jared Wegner to put the game away with a 10-0 lead.
Hull collected the win (1-3), allowing just one walk in two innings of work, while Nebraska starter Kyle Perry was tagged with the loss (2-1). Perry surrendered five runs on four hits in 2.1 frames.
Strunc and Holton powered Creighton's offense with a combined four hits, four runs scored and seven RBI. Strunc closed the day 2-for-3 with one run scored and four RBI on his own.
Creighton's pitchers were equally impressive, post four flawless frames and limited Nebraska to just three base runners in the first six innings.
Creighton returns to the diamond on Friday, April 12 as the Bluejays open BIG EAST play at Butler.