OMAHA, Neb. - Highlighted by a two-run rally to earn a walk-off win in the nightcap, the Creighton baseball team swept a doubleheader from North Dakota on Saturday, April 5.
The victories pushed Creighton to 14-10-1 on the season, while North Dakota fell to 6-14 overall.
GAME 1: Creighton 6, North Dakota 2
The Bluejays took an early lead in the opening game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Brad McKewon
drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sac bunt from freshman Nicky Lopez
and scored on an RBI single from junior Jake Peter
. Peter moved to second on an error in the outfield and came in to score on a two-out RBI knock from sophomore Reagan Fowler
Creighton tacked on three more with a similar plan. McKewon walked, stole second and took third on an error by the North Dakota catcher. Lopez brought in McKewon to make it 3-0. With one down, Peter singled up the middle. Senior Mike Gerber
chased him to third and Fowler blasted a two-run triple to push the Bluejays' edge to 5-0.
Sophomore Matt Warren
was dominant on the hill for the Bluejays, limiting North Dakota to two runs (one earned) in 7.2 innings for the win (6-0). Senior Bryan Sova
recorded the final four outs to pick up the save.
GAME 2: Creighton 4, North Dakota 3
After giving up the go ahead run in the top of the ninth, Creighton got contributions from a few unlikely sources to earn the sweep in walk-off fashion.
With one out in the final frame, junior David Wiedeman
laced a single to right. Sophomore Kevin Lamb
went down on strikes, but Wiedeman stole second on the final strike. Down to its final out, Crieghton called upon sophomore Brandon Mikulka
. The Washington native responded with a game-tying triple to right. The next batter, sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald
, capped a five hit day by smacking a ball to second that was bobbled. Fitzgerald beat the play to first to give the Bluejays a 4-3 walk off win.
Peter earned the win in relief, getting the final two outs of the ninth to move to 2-1, while North Dakota's Tyler Ruemmele (1-3) allowed two runs to take the loss.
The Bluejays wrap up their three-game series with North Dakota on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m.
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