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Junior Mike Gerber connected on his sixth triple of the season in Creighton's four-run first.
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Castagnini, Gerber & Makovicka Lead Jays to Sweep of SIU, 9-1

OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton Baseball got two RBI from Federico CastagniniMike Gerber and Jordan Makovicka to claim a 9-1 win over Southern Illinois on April 21. 

The Bluejays recorded its third three-game sweep of 2013 (second in MVC play) to move to 22-9 overall and 8-4 in the MVC.  Southern Illinois fell to 18-21 on the season and 2-10 in conference.

Creighton jumped out on SIU in the opening inning, scoring four runs on four hits and two walks.  Junior Brad McKewon opened the frame by smoking a double down the left field line.  Castagnini sent McKewon to third with a sacrifice.  Junior Jake Peter and Gerber followed with back-to-back doubles to give the Jays a 2-0 edge.  Freshman Reagan Fowler's slow grounder to second was thrown home, but Gerber beat the play easily, pushing Creighton's lead to 3-0.  Sophomore Kevin Lamb singled sharply up the middle, then one out later Ryan Fitzgerald and Makovicka drew consecutive walks to force home Fowler and give the Jays a 4-0 advantage. 

Southern Illinois got a run in the fourth, but freshman Nick Highberger came on to escape a bases loaded, one-out jam without further damage.  Highberger went on to toss a career-high 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, earning his first win (1-0).  

Behind Highberger, the Bluejay offense added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, while Castagnini's two-run single capped the scoring in the seventh. 

Peter finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two triples, becoming the first Jay since 2006 to record two triples in a game (John Nowaczyk - April 8, 2006)

Southern Illinois' starter Sam Coonrod suffered the loss (3-3), allowing four runs on six hits in 1.2 innings. 

Creighton returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 23 as the Jays face the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa at 6:05 p.m.  John Bishop and Dave Gustafson have the call on 1620 the Zone.

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