Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader With 14-8 Win Over New Orleans

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Alex Staehely
Courtesy: Dennis Hubbard

OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton used home runs from Trever Adams, Carson Vitale and Alex Staehely to sweep a doubleheader from New Orleans with a 14-8 victory in game two, Friday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex.

Jimmy Swift finished with three hits and three runs while Staehely posted a career-high five RBI to lead the Creighton offense. All but one of Creighton's starters had at least one hit, as the Jays rapped out 13 hits in the day's second game.

Brandon Koenigstein (5-2) went five innings, allowing just two earned runs on three hits to earn his fifth win of the season for the Jays (26-22). John Pivach gave up 10 runs, six of which were earned, in four innings of work to suffer the loss for New Orleans (12-39).

Mike Petello, Alan Harris and Craig Schnell all had two hits and two RBI to lead the Privateers, with Petello blasting his 12th home run of the season in the ninth inning.

Creighton jumped on New Orleans with five runs in the first, as the Bluejays never trailed for the second straight contest. Pivach did most of the damage himself, as he started his outing with three straight walks. A catcher's interference with T.J. Roemmich at the plate scored the first Jays run before an RBI-single from Swift, an RBI walk to Vitale and a run-scoring fielder's choice by Staehely put the Jays up 5-0.

The Jays would go on to throw up four more crooked numbers on the scoreboard, as they scored three in the third and two apiece in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings.

After UNO cut the game to 5-2 in the second, Staehely launched his fourth home run of the season in the third pushing the Creighton lead to six. The Jays put up two more in the fourth on an Adams triple and a T.J. Roemmich RBI-double to make it a 10-2 game.

UNO rallied for three runs in the sixth, but Adams and Vitale both hit no-doubter solo shots in the bottom of the inning to grab back any momentum. The Privateers added a single run in the seventh, only to have the Jays trump it with two in the eighth, as an Ian Dike triple and Staehely sac fly made for the 13th and 14th Creighton runs.

Creighton will wrap up its regular season tomorrow at Rosenblatt Stadium. The Jays will honor its eight seniors in Dike, Roemmich, Vitale,  Robbie Knight, Mike Nihsen, Matt Patterson, Bobby Lackovic and Eric Bruns. First pitch will be at noon.

NOTES: Dike tripled twice on the day after coming into the doubleheader without a triple in his career ... Soto finished the doubleheader 5-for-8 with four runs ... Adams' two hits in game two marked his 24th multi-hit game of the season, as opposed to eight, one-hit games ... The Creighton pitching staff combined to walk just three batters in the two games, including a walk-free game one ... Adams' home run was his 10th of the season, as he became the first CU outfielder to hit 10 since Ryan Fitzgerald in 2003 ... Pivach's 10 runs allowed was the first time a single opposing pitcher has allowed 10 runs since Tim Landy of Saint Louis gave up 10 on Feb. 26, 2005.

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