STOCKTON, Calif. - Creighton's offense came to play on Sunday, picking up 11 hits and scoring 12 runs in a 12-2 victory over Pacific. The Bluejays earned the series win, improving to 7-6 overall on the season.
Bluejay starting pitcher Nick Musec had a gem of a day on the mound, going a career high 7.0 innings in his second start of the season. Musec faced the minimum number of batters in five of the seven frames, striking out a pair of batters and getting the defense to turn a pair of double plays.
The junior allowed just two earned runs on the day, giving up five hits in his outing. Musec also struck out a pair of batters, facing a career-high 26 batters.
Chance Ross led off the game with a stand-up double, the fifth straight game the senior has reached base as the lead off batter of the game. Anthony Bemboom then started his 2-5 day with a double to right center field that scored Ross.
After Nick Judkins was hit by a pitch and Scott Thornburg drove a ball to to the warning track in left field, an errant throw on an attemped double play on Mike Gerber scored Bemboom to give the Jays a 2-0 lead after the opening inning.
Creighton added to their tally in the third inning, this time thanks to three walks and a hit by pitch to push across the first run. A Brad McKewon sacrifice fly with the bases loaded game Creighton the early 4-0 lead after two and a half innings.
The Bluejay bats came alive in the fourth inning, scoring four runs on three hits and stranding just one runner on base. Ross started off the inning getting hit by pitch, advanced to second on a Bemboom sacrifice bunt. Judkins walked before Scott Thornburg doubled down the left field scoring Ross.
In the seventh inning, the Bluejays took advantage of another pair of hit by pitches (Ross and Judkins), a fielding error (putting Bemboom on base) to help rally for three more runs. Thornburg picked up his second RBI of the game with a single up the middle. The Jays then moved around the bases thanks to a passed ball and pushed across another run with a ground ball double play, advancing Thornburg from third.
Three different Bluejays picked up a pair of hits on the day, with Ross, Bemboom and Thornburg helping Creighton to its 11 total hits. Ross scored four times to lead the Jays while Judkins was walked a team-high two times.
The Bluejays play their first home game on Tuesday, hosting BYU in a 6:00 pm game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Creighton is 9-1 in the last 10 seasons on opening day, including a 7-1 mark under head coach Ed Servais.
NOTES: Nick Musec's performance on the mound marked his career best. He previously had thrown 4.0 innings last season, allowing six hits. Musec also tied his career high with struck out ... Nick Judkins got on base five of the six times he walked to the plate on Sunday, but finished with a 1-2 day. Judkins was hit by pitch twice and walked twice on the day ... Creighton was hit by pitch nine times on the weekend, including five in the game Sunday.