Will Robertson and Jake Holton each hit grand slams and Dylan Tebrake tossed five innings of one-hit ball as Creighton dominated in all phases of a 13-2 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, May 14. The game featured a rare 11 am start and attracted a crowd of 8,375 on Cox Kids Day.
Creighton improved to 32-11 with the victory, its 25th in the last 31 games, while Nebraska-Omaha fell to 27-19-1. Both teams will be home this weekend with a chance to win a regular-season conference title.
The Bluejays took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame as junior Parker Upton drew a one-out walk, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored via a passed ball.
Up 1-0 in the third, Robertson uncorked the first pitch he saw from UNO starter Richie Holetz into the seats in right field for a grand slam. It was the 26th round-tripper of Robertson's All-American career, and first grand slam. Creighton set the stage for Robertson's blast as junior Jason Allbery opened the inning with a double down the left field line, followed by a pair of two-out walks to Upton and junior Jake Holton.
The Jays added two more in the fourth and one in the fifth inning on a two-run double from junior Isaac Collins. That was more than enough to support Tebrake (2-1). The freshman right-hander needed just 61 pitches to throw five innings, allowing only a one-out double in the fifth after retiring the first 13 men he faced.
Creighton tacked on five more insurance runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by Holton's majestic blast into the left-field seats. It was Holton's team-leading 12th homer of the year, and second grand slam in the last four games for the four-time BIG EAST Hitter of the Week. A single from sophomore David Vilches and walks to Collins as well as Upton set the stage for Holton.
Omaha's only runs came on a out-out double in the ninth inning by Ben Palensky.
Creighton closes the regular-season with a home series against Villanova, which begins Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.