CINCINNATI, Ohio - Despite a three-run rally in the ninth, the Creighton baseball team fell to Xavier by the score of 9-4 on Thursday, May 15. The loss dropped Creighton to 28-16-1 on the season and 12-4 in BIG EAST play, while Xavier moved to 26-24 overall and 8-8 in conference action.
Xavier got on the board first via a solo home run down the left field line by Andre Jernigan to open the bottom of the third inning. The Musketeers went on to tack on two more runs in the frame to lead 3-0.
Creighton answered in its next trip to the dish on a solo home run by junior Jake Peter to cut the deficit to 3-1. Xavier extended its margin back to three on a solo shot in the fifth by Stephen Schottmeier.
The score remained 4-1 into the bottom of the seventh, when Xavier exploded for five runs to push the edge to 9-1.
In the final frame, Creighton got a one-out walk from sophomore Reagan Fowler and a two-out free pass by freshman Nicky Lopez to put runners at first and second. Pinch-hitter Landon Lucansky plated Fowler with an RBI single to left to make it 9-2. Freshman Daniel Woodrow worked a walk to load the bags for senior Brad McKewon. The Omaha native laced a two-run single through the left side to bring the score to 9-4. That, however, was as far as Creighton's rally would go.
Sophomore Taylor Elman suffered the loss (2-5) as he allowed seven runs on eight hits and a walk in 6.2 innings. Xavier's Scott Klever moved to 6-4, allowing one run on three hits and four walks in eight innings.
This marks the fourth time this season that the Bluejays have dropped the series opener in BIG EAST play, including the third straight time on the road. Ironically, Creighton has come back to win each BIG EAST series in 2014 by taking the second and third games against Villanova, Seton Hall and St. John's.
Creighton and Xavier will continue the three-game set on Friday, May 16 at 2 pm (CT).
VB: Villanova at Creighton (11/21/14)
MBB: Creighton vs. Oklahoma Highlights (11/19/14)
MBB Chicago State at Creighton Highlights (11/16/14)