PEORIA, Ill. - For one inning, Creighton's two-out deficiencies from last week were remedied. The Jays used a four-run, two-out rally in the second, and weathered a Bradley rally in the ninth, for a 7-5, MVC victory Friday evening at O'Brien Field.
Trever Adams led a 12-hit Creighton (15-12, 4-6 MVC) charge as he posted his seventh game with multiple hits and RBI, with a 3-for-5, three RBI night. Jonas Dufek (5-1) had one of his best outings, allowing just two runs with two strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Elliot Soto, T.J. Roemmich and Scott Thornburg all had two hits, as the Jays also took advantage of three Bradley errors that led to five unearned runs.
The first of those Bradley (10-18, 3-7 MVC) errors proved to be the costliest. After an errant throw from Brave third baseman Rob Elliot to start the second inning, the Jays scored four runs with two out. RBI-singles from Alex Staehely and Soto, set up Adams's two-run double down the left field line to make it a 5-1 game.
With Creighton holding a comfortable lead for much of the game, the Braves made a charge against Jack VanLeur in the ninth. A walk and a single to start the ninth set up a three-run homer by David Compitello to make it a 7-5 ball game.
After VanLeur got the next two outs, Matt Fritz singled and Elliot walked to bring the winning run to the plate in the form of three-hole hitter Brian Martin. VanLeur came out on top, however, getting Martin to foul out to first to preserve the win.
The middle of the Bradley order was held without a hit, as the three, four and five hitters in the Brave order went a combined 0-for-9.
Adams gave the Jays the lead in the first, as his single up the middle brought home Soto. Bradley was quick to tie it up, as Fritz led-off Bradley's first with a solo shot that snuck just inside the left field foul pole.
The Braves ended Dufek's run of 5.2 scoreless innings, as two singles and a sac bunt led to a Kevin Sullivan sacrifice fly to deep center to cut the Jay lead to three at 5-2.
Creighton extended its lead with two important runs in the top of the ninth. Roemmich singled with one out, and Scott Thornburg brought him home with a double down the right field line. After the second out, an Ian Dike popup in the infield was dropped by Elliot, scoring Thornburg for the all-important seventh CU run.
Bradley and Creighton will be in action on Saturday back at O'Brien Field. First pitch will be at 6 p.m.
NOTES: The Jays moved to 12-5 when scoring first ...That mark improved to 2-2 in Valley play ... The lead-off home run allowed by Dufek was the first by Creighton pitching since May 9, 2004. Nick Blasi of Wichita State hit it in a 15-2 Shocker victory ... Creighton moved to 7-1 this season when having an inning of four or more runs ... With the win, the Jays have now won 11 of their last 12 games against the Braves ... Adams' three RBI marked the fifth game of three or more this season ... Thornburg's triple and stolen base were both the first of his career ... Ian Dike's stolen base in the eighth was also a career first ... The scoreless eighth inning was Bobby Lackovic's seventh straight scoreless appearance.