Creighton Survives and Advances in Big East Tournament

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Trailing 8-4 in the eighth inning, a 58-minute lightning delay fueled a 10-9 comeback win over Seton Hall in the opening game of the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday, May 23.

The win pushed the Bluejays to 36-11 on the season, while Seton Hall fell to 25-27 overall.

Seton Hall jumped on Creighton starter Mitch Ragan in the top of the first with a leadoff double from Jerry Huntzinger, followed by an RBI single from Tyler Shedler-McAvoy.

Creighton responded quickly with two in the bottom of the first as junior Isaac Collins singled to right, then junior Parker Upton drove an RBI triple to center. An RBI grounder from Jake Holton gave Creighton a 2-1 lead.

Seton Hall countered in the second with three runs on four hits in the second, highlighted by a two-run triple from Steve Grober and a sac fly off the bat of Chris Villa.

Down 4-2 as the Bluejays came to the plate in the second, a pair of walks and passed ball set the stage for a two-run single by Collins to tie the game at 4-4.

After a scoreless top of the third, the Bluejays denied by a leaping catch in left field from Seton Hall's Christian Del Castillo. The catch turned into an inning-ending double play to keep the game 4-4.

The momentum of the defensive play fueled the Pirate offense as Seton Hall pushed across a run in the fourth, got a two-run home run from Matt Toke in the fifth and added a run in the sixth to make it 8-4.

A lightning delay in the eighth provided a jolt for Creighton as the Bluejay bats came to life. Sophomore David Vilches led off the eighth with home run to left-center. Freshman Jared Wegner followed with a four-pitch walk, then with two down in the frame junior Parker Upton made it an 8-7 contest with another home run over the left-center field wall.

Seton Hall pushed across an insurance in the ninth, scoring on a leadoff double by Del Castillo followed by an error and a wild pitch.

MORE DETAILS COMING

Creighton returns to action on Friday, May 24 in an elimination game against the losing team of the second game featuring Xavier and St. John's, which will be played later tonight.