CU Athletics Senior Evan Johnson was dominant on the mound for six innings as the Creighton baseball team swept Maryland with an 8-6 win on Sunday, March 24.
Senior Evan Johnson was dominant on the mound for six innings as the Creighton baseball team swept Maryland with an 8-6 win on Sunday, March 24.
The win pushed the Bluejays to 11-5 on the season, while Maryland fell to 12-11.
Just as the Bluejays did in each game with the Terps, Creighton jumped out to an early lead as junior Isaac Collins laced a leadoff triple and junior Will Robertson knocked an RBI single into right-center.
Creighton's 1-0 lead held into the top of the seventh, when the Bluejays tacked on four runs. Once more it was Collins getting things started with an extra-base hit, doubling down the left-field line. Robertson followed with an RBI double to right, then junior Jake Holton launched his fifth home run of the season over the left field wall to make it 4-0. The Bluejays added a fifth run as senior Jordan Hovey drew a two-out walk, then junior Jason Allbery laced an RBI double to right-center.
Johnson carried the Bluejays into the seventh, limiting Maryland to just three base runners in the first six frames. After just under 100 pitches (97), Johnson gave way to freshman Paul Bergstrom. The southpaw retired both Terrapins he faced to send the game to the eighth with the Bluejays holding a 5-0 edge.
Consecutive doubles from Collins and Robertson in the eighth, pushed Creighton's edge to 6-0. Maryland countered with a run in its half of the inning, but Ryan Connolly set down a pair of Terrapins on strikes with the bags full. Senior Bobby Kametas closed the frame with another strikeout, stranding three Maryland base runners.
The final frame saw another two insurance runs put up by Creighton as junior Parker Upton delivered a one-out double, then Hovey connected on his fourth home run of the year to right field.
Hovey's blast proved vital as Maryland plated five runs in the ninth, yet freshman Dylan Tebrake closed the door to preserve the Bluejays' sweep.
Johnson moved to 2-0 on the year, allowing two hits in 6.1 innings, while Tebrake nabbed his first save with two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief.
Maryland starter Tyler LaBonte took the loss (1-2), allowing one run on four hits and five walks in 4.2 innings of work.
Nine of Creighton's 14 hits were of the extra-base variety, including two doubles and a triple by Collins. Robertson, meanwhile finished with three hits as well, also collecting three RBI.
Creighton returns to the diamond on Tuesday, March 26 as the Bluejays open their home schedule against Nebraska at 6:30 pm in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
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