OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team capitalized on five UIC errors, en route to defeating the Flames 9-4, Friday at the CU Sports Complex.
The Bluejays took a lead in the second as T.J. Roemmich led off the inning with a single. Jimmy Swift then reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice, when the Flames could not cut down Roemmich at second. After Carson Carson Vitale laid down a successful sacrifice, runners were at second and third with one out. Ian Dike then pushed across the first run of the inning reaching on an infield single to second. Nick Becker then singled to center bringing in Swift from third. Robbie Knight then joined the hit parade as he singled to left, bringing in Dike. Elliot Soto then kept the inning going as he reached on an error allowing Becker to score from second. Ruf prolonged the inning as he also reached on an error, allowing Soto to score. In the inning, five runs scored on five hits. 11 Bluejays came to the plate.
UIC responded in the fourth as three straight Flames singled to load the bases. Chris Rutta then doubled to right scoring two. Steve McGuiggan was thrown out at home on the play, keeping the score at 5-2 in favor of the Jays.
The Flames crept closer in the fifth as runners were on first and third with no outs. Jason Ganek then put down a squeeze bunt, allowing Andy Leonard to score from third.
Creighton added insurance in the seventh as runners reached first and second with no outs. Jimmy Swift then had an infield single, and the ball was thrown away on the play allowing Cafaro to score from second. Vitale followed with a single to center, bringing in Roemmich. Becker then reached on a fielder's choice and Swift beat a throw home on the play, scoring the third run of the inning for CU. After seven innings it was 8-3 in favor of Creighton.
UIC crept to 8-4 in the eighth as runners reached first and third with two outs. Pinch hitter Nathan Orf singled up the middle scoring Jake Carr.
Bob Lackovic (4-0) threw a career-high 3.2 innings to get the win. He allowed one run on two hits while walking two and striking out one.
Creighton and UIC will continue their series Saturday at 12:00 p.m., at Rosenblatt Stadium.
NOTES: Swift's sacrifice bunt in the second snapped a six-game streak without a sacrifce bunt for the Jays...It was their longest such streak under head coach Ed Servais...Lackovic made his 23rd appearance of the season, tied for second in the nation...UIC's five errors was the most by a CU opponent since Rice on March 9, 2008...Jack VanLeur made his nation-leading 25th appearance of the year...Soto hit an infield single in the eighth to extend his hit streak to 17 games...Ruf's double in the eighth was his 54th career-two bagger...That moves him into eighth place on the all-time Bluejay list.