OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton controlled Friday's first game from the outset, as T.J. Roemmich led the CU charge with a home run and three RBI, as the Jays bested New Orleans 10-1 at the CU Sports Complex.
Roemmich added a sacrifice fly with his home run for his three RBI. Elliot Soto had a productive day as well, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs.
A handful of CU pitchers saw action, as Jonas Dufek (8-3) picked up the win in a pre-determined two-inning outing. The Creighton bullpen combination of Ty Blach, Nick Musec, Kurt Spomer, Matt Patterson and Mark Winkelman held the Privateers scoreless over the last seven innings, retiring the last 16 hitters of the game.
Andrew Richardson (1-4) suffered the loss, going six innings and allowing six runs, four of which were earned, on nine Bluejay hits.
The Jays (25-22) took an early lead with two runs in the first, as they would go on to chip away at the Privateers (12-38) with runs in every inning from the fourth frame on.
The Jays started with two unearned runs in the first to take an early lead. Robbie Knight reached on a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Berry. Soto followed with a single as both runners moved up on a Trever Adams bunt. Roemmich brought in the first run with a sac fly to deep left, and Jimmy Swift brought in Soto with a double to the left-center gap.
New Orleans came back in the second, as Nolan Church launched his fourth home run of the year to left to make it a 2-1 ball game. It was the lone highlight of the game, as the Privateers were held to three hit son the game.
The Jays got the run back in the third, as Swift posted a single and stole second to start the frame. Ian Dike's grounder two batters later found its way through the right side to push the Bluejay lead back to two at 3-1.
Creighton expanded its lead with another big Roemmich hit in the fifth. The lefty belted his seventh home run of the year, a screaming two-run shot down the right field line, to make it a 5-1 Bluejay lead.
The Jays tacked on another run in the sixth, as Dike legged out a triple off the center field wall to start the frame. Staehely came up with a productive out next, as his groundout to short scored Dike to make it a five-run advantage.
A Thornburg RBI-single in the seventh made it a seven-run Creighton lead, before the Jays capped the scoring with three runs in the eighth. Soto doubled in two runs in the eighth and scored on a wild pitch for the final 10-1 margin.
The Jays and Privateers will play game two of the doubleheader at approximately 3:45 today at the CU Sports Complex.
NOTES: Roemmich's sacrifice fly in the first marked his 100th career RBI ... His home run was also the 20th of his career ... Dike's triple in the sixth was the first of his career.