-- Pacific evened a weekend series with Creighton Baseball with a 5-2 win at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on a chilly Saturday in downtown Omaha.
The Tigers (6-11) scored in the top of the first without the aid of a hit. Brett Sullivan walked to lead off the game, then motored to third base on a sacrifice bunt from Curtis Gomez. The hustle paid off, as he then scampered home on a sac fly from Dustin Torchio.
Creighton (9-4) answered by tying up the score in the bottom of the second inning. Reagan Fowler opened the rally with a one-out single. He stole second base and came around to score on Kevin Lamb's two-out single to left.
Pacific reclaimed the lead with two scores in the top of the fifth inning. Gio Brusa doubled down the left-field line and moved to third on Tyler Sullivan's bunt single. A sacrifice fly from Brett Sullivan made it 2-1, and Tyler Sullivan later came around to score on Dustin Torchio's screamer that lined off CU starter Nick Musec.
The Tigers tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning against veteran Creighton reliever Mark Winkelman. Brett Sullivan singled with one out, moved to third after consecutive wild pitches, and scored on Curtis Gomez's single up the middle. Gomez later scored on Erik Lockwood's single down the right-field line.
Creighton scored once in the ninth inning on Peter's fourth hit of the game and eighth of the series, but Alex Staehely grounded out as the tying run against Pacific closer Kevin Hammann to end it.
CU starter Musec (0-2) threw five innings of three-run ball and was tagged with the loss. Four other Bluejay relievers each threw one inning. CU's offense managed 11 hits on the day, including four from Peter, three by Brad McKewon and two by Lamb, but stranded 12 men in the loss.
Cory Popham improved to 2-0 with five innings of work on the bump for Pacific, allowing just one run. Kyle Crawford baffled the Bluejay hitters for the next 3.2 innings, but was lifted after an erorr with two outs in the ninth when Staehely came up as the tying run. Hammann earned his first save of the season. Pacific also managed 11 hits, including two each from Taylor Murphy, Brusa and Tyler Sullivan.
The temperature at first pitch was 32 degrees, the coldest reading in the 71-game, three-year history of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha which also serves as the home of the Men's College World Series.
Creighton and Pacific close their three-game series with a 1 pm rubber match on Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Creighton's Brett Swain (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to face Pacific's Michael Benson (2-0, 1.78 ERA).