CARBONDALE, Ill. - Needless to say, Ian Dike was struggling.
The senior strolled to the plate in the seventh scuffling, with zero hits, and seven strikeouts in his last 10 at-bats.
With two outs and Jimmy Swift on first, Dike busted out of his funk. His RBI double off Nathan Forer led the Bluejays (12-5, 2-0 MVC) to a 2-1 win over the Salukis (9-14, 0-2 MVC), Saturday afternoon at Abe Martin Field.
Both pitching staffs put together gems, as Brandon Koenigstein (3-0) needed just 75 pitches to earn his third win of the season. The sophomore hurled seven innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits.
Jack VanLeur retired the Saluki three, and four-hole hitters in order to post his fourth save on the season.
Forer was also up to the task, throwing seven solid innings of his own. He allowed just five hits, surrendering two runs, one earned, while striking out five.
Dike's double came with two out in the seventh, as he muscled a line drive into the teeth of a strong wind. His shot down the right field line scored Swift from first for the game-winning run.
Trever Adams and Alex Staehely record two-thirds of the Bluejay hits, as both had two hits. Adams was 2-for-4 with two singles, while Staehely had two doubles.
A quick two-out spurt put the Jays up 1-0 in the first. An Adams single past the feet of feet of Forer and a passed ball by Tyler Bullock put Adams on second. T.J. Roemmich then shaved Forer's shoelaces again, with an RBI-single for the first CU run.
The Salukis benefited from a Creighton error in the fifth to square things at one. Bullock's chopper to second ate up Staehely, to start the frame. After Nick Johnson reached on a fielder's choice and stole second, a Brock Harding single through the middle scored him for the first SIU run.
Creighton and the Salukis will wrap-up their three game set in game two of the doubleheader at 2:45 p.m.
NOTES: Four of Staehely's last five hits have been for extra bases (three doubles, home run) after his first 10 hits were singles ... With the HBP in the eighth, Robbie Knight moved into fifth place on the NCAA's all-time list. He also reached base for the 25th straight game, and 58th out of the last 59 ... Creighton has won four straight series over the Salukis.