Gerber's Blast Keys Five-Run Second as Jays Down Kansas, 6-4
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Junior Mike Gerber ignited a five-run second with a solo blast as the Jays downed Kansas, 6-4, on Tuesday, April 2.
Creighton moved to 15-6 with the win, while the Jayhawks dropped to 15-11.
Down 1-0 entering the second, Gerber erased the deficit with one swing for his team leading third home run of the season. Gerber’s blast was the first home run hit in Kansas’ Hoglund Ballpark in 2013 and it had a lasting effect on Kansas’ starter, Tanner Poppe. Senior Alex Staehely followed with a lined single to left, one out later Poppe issued free passes to sophomore Landon Lucansky, freshman Ryan Fitzgerald and sophomore Kevin Lamb to give the Jays a 2-1 lead.
Creighton capitalized on the opportunity as junior Brad McKewon plated Lucansky with an RBI fielder’s choice. Senior Brennan Murphy drove in Fitzgerald with another fielder’s choice. Finally sophomore Jake Peter capped the inning with an RBI single to give the Jays a 5-1 lead.
Kansas responded with two runs in the bottom of the third via a two-run double from Michael Suiter, but the Bluejay bullpen shut the door the rest of the way.
Seven Creighton pitchers combined to hold the Jayhawks to four runs on eight hits. Freshman Austin Groth earned his first win of the season, allowing one run on two hits in two innings. Peter picked up his fourth save of the season, allowing an unearned run in the ninth.
Offensively it was Gerber that paced the Jays, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Bluejays return to Missouri Valley Conference play on Friday, April 5 as Creighton host Bradley in a three-game series over the weekend.