HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Creighton scored seven runs in the fifth inning and posted 15 hits en route to a 15-8 victory over Northern Colorado, Friday afternoon in the first game of the Bearkat Invitational at Don Sanders Stadium.
The Jays used a balanced offensive attack as Robbie Knight finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and Trever Adams went 3-for-6 with his first home run. T. J. Roemmich, Jimmy Swift and Carson Vitale also had two hits. To go along with that, five different Jays had two RBI. That list included Knight, Roemmich, Adams, Ian Dike and Elliot Soto, while Swift posted four runs.
Jonas Dufek (2-0) recorded his second win of the season, hurling five innings. James Quisenberry took the loss for Northern Colorado (0-1), allowing eight earned runs in 4.1 innings.
Knight led off the deciding fifth with his second double, and was sacrificed to third by Soto. The Jays then paraded eight straight men to the plate without being retired. Adams doubled for his second extra-base hit of the game, and Roemmich followed by singling him in for the second Bluejay tally.
After a Cuno single put two runners on, the Bears changed pitchers, but the Jay rally continued. After Vitale singled home a run, the Bears defense faltered, as Dike's hard groundball to second was booted, allowing two runs to score. Staehely then walked to load the bases and Knight drew a second consecutive free pass for his second RBI of the day.
The inning finally came to an end with a Soto sacrifice fly and an Adams strikeout, as the Jays finished the inning with a comfortable eight run lead.
Creighton jumped on Northern Colorado early with Adams' first home run of the season. The junior jump-started the Jays after two quick outs in the first, lining a Quisenberry just inside the left field foul pole for the first Jay run.
The Jays also posted a pair in the second, as the inning with two sharp base hits from Swift and Vitale. With Swift moving to third, Dike grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, scoring the first Jay run of the inning.
The Jays weren't done, however, as Alex Staehely singled to left and came all the way around on a Knight double down the right field line, narrowly beating the relay home for a 3-0 Creighton lead.
Creighton manufactured another run in the fourth. Swift posted his second hit of the day, a double just inside the chalk down the third base line, to lead off the frame. Vitale sacrificed him over, and Dike singled deep in the hole to second base, to score Swift.
Northern Colorado finally came to life in the fourth with three straight hits to start the inning. Adrian Schenk doubled on a shallow bloop between Soto and Cuno in left. Tyler Wallace then singled him home to make it 4-3.
T.J. Berge followed that with a double to put two runners in scoring position and nobody out. Mike Raudenbush grounded out to short for the second Bear tally, and Tony Crudo executed a suicide squeeze, beating the play at first for a bunt single, to cut the Jays lead to 4-3, setting up the combined, 10-run fifth inning.
The scoring continued in the seventh as the Jays posted a single run in the seventh, and the Bears clubbed two solo shots for a pair. Soto lined a sac fly to right for the Jays run, while Wallace and Raudenbush both hit solo shots to left-center. Soto capped the scoring in the ninth with his second sacrifice fly of the game.
Creighton will be back in action later tonight, when they take on homestanding Sam Houston State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and can be viewed (for a fee) at gocreigton.com.
NOTES: Robbie Knight made his 100th consecutive start for the Bluejays, and played in his 147th straight game. The senior also posted his 100th career RBI with his RBI double in the second inning ... Creighton extended its winning streak over Northern Colorado to 14 games ... With the win, Dufek moves to 2-0; halfway to his win total of four from last year ... Swift's four runs marked a career-high for the junior third baseman ... The last time a Creighton hitter had three doubles in a game was last year when Vicente Cafaro accomplished the feat on May 9 against Nebraska ... The victory marked the second time this season the Jays were out-hit and won. They were bettered by Central Arkansas in the hit column in a 3-2 victory on Feb. 20 ... Dufek's three hit batters tripled his previous single game career high of one.