OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team out hit Dallas Baptist 9-8 on Sunday afternoon, but again ended up on the losing side of an 8-6 finale, giving the Patriots the series win on Sunday. Creighton drops to 21-25 on the season while the Patriots improve to 36-16.
The Patriots got on the board first in the rubber match, the first time in the series they have done so. After Erik Mattingly retired the first batter of the game but then surrendered a triple to left center to Ronnie Mitchell before Joel Hutter pushed across the first run on a fielder's choice ground ball.
DBU added another run in the top of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. The Patriots rallied with two outs this time, putting together back-to-back base hits by Landon Anderson and Ryan Behmanesh to increase their lead.
After retiring the Bluejays in order through the first two innings, Patriot starting pitcher Andrew Elkins surrendered a single to Brennan Murphy in the third and a double to Brad McKewon in the fourth before the Creighton offense exploded for five runs on five hits in the fifth.
Alex Staehely led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a Scott Thornburg single to right center. Jake Peter picked up his 11th double of the season, driving in Staehely and putting a pair of runners in scoring position. A passed ball by DBU catcher Duncan McAlpine allowed Thornburg to score and Peter to advance to third.
Murphy then drew a five-pitch walk, before Chance Ross pushed adouble down the right field line to put Creighton up 4-2. A two-RBI single from Brad McKewon knocked Elkins off the mound, but reliever Michael Smith used a sacrifice bunt, fielder's choice (to peg McKewon out at home) and strikeout to end the inning, Creighton holding a 5-2 lead.
The Patriots struck right back in the top of the sixth, scratching out a pair of runs to pull the game to 5-4. A leadoff Austin Elkins triple gave DBU their first run of the inning, scoring on a ground out on the right side of the infield. After a throwing error on the infield, Creighton brought in Mark Winkelman. Winkelman walked the first batter he saw before surrendering a double down the left field line. He got himself out of the inning with a strikeout, stranding a pair of runners in scoring position.
Creighton's offense did get one of the runs back in the home half of the sixth, taking advantage of a leadoff hit-by-pitch to Staehely. A sacrifice bunt moved moved Staehley to second before a ground out moved him to third. Murphy's five pitch single to left center gave Creighton the 6-4 lead after six complete.
Dallas Baptist reclaimed the lead in the top of the eighth inning, thanks to a three-run home run on a 3-0 count with two outs by McAlpine. Chase Webb retired the first batter of the inning before walking Boomer Collins. Creighton made a pitching change and brought in Reese McGraw, who surrendered a double down the right field line for the first run of the inning. A walk followed by McAlpine's home run pushed the Patriots back ahead.
Johansen retired the Bluejays in order to close out the game, striking out two of the three batters. He picked up the win, improving to 3-1 on the year, while McGraw falls to 4-6 in his 27th appearance for the Jays.
Creighton plays its final non-conference game of the regular season on Tuesday when it hosts Iowa. The 12:00 noon first pitch is Kids Day as well as the second annual "Play Hookie From Work" day. Bring your best hookie note and receive a $4 ticket to the game. The Bluejays will then play their final three regular-season games Thursday, Friday and Saturday against Wichita State.
NOTES: Creighton tied a single-inning high this season by putting together five hits in the five run fifth inning. The Jays also had five hits on Friday night, although those were consecutive ... The Bluejays scored five runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. It marks just the third time this season they have put up a five spot in a single inning. They also did the same against North Dakota (3/17) and UNO (5/9) ... Prior to today, Creighton was 18-0 this season when leading after five innings ... Chase Webb walked the final batter he saw today. That runner came around to score in the eighth, giving Webb his first surrendered earned run at home this season ... Erik Mattingly finished the game with 5.2 innings of work, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and struck out four batters ... The Bluejays finished the week 3-2, with five different pitchers holding perfect 0.00 ERAs. Ty Blach, Andrew Urban, Kurt Spomer, Brandon Koenigstein and Mark Winkelman each threw more than 2.0 innings without surrendering an earned run on the week.