CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - An eight run seventh inning powered the Creighton baseball squad past UW-Milwaukee on Sunday, March 10 in the final game of the Riverview Inn Classic.
The win lifted Creighton to 6-3 on the season, while Milwaukee fell to 4-9 overall.
Down 1-0 after the first, the Jays got on the board with two runs in the top of the third. Junior Brad McKewon led off the inning with a single up the middle, then went to second on a sacrifice by junior Federico Castagnini. Sophomore Jake Peter followed with an RBI triple to right-center, tying the game at 1-1. Moments later, junior Mike Gerber blasted a sacrifice fly to right to give the Bluejays a 2-1 edge.
The Panthers tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the third, but Creighton answered with two more in the top of the fourth. Plate discipline led to Creighton's runs in the fourth as freshman Reagan Fowler, senior Michael Blatchford and junior Ben Lahn drew walks. Fowler was picked off and Blatchford was retired on a safety squeeze attempt by junior Jerry Mitchell. Finally McKewon cleared the bases with a two-run double to left field, driving home Mitchell and Lahn.
To Milwaukee's credit, the Panthers bounced back with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.
After two scoreless frames for each team, the Jays erupted for their most prolific inning of the season, scoring eight in the seventh. Peter led off the inning with a single, two outs later Fowler drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Blatchford took advantage of the free pas with a single through the left side. Peter scored on the play and an error allowed Fowler to come in as well, while Blatchford took third on the play. A walk to Lahn brought sophomore Kevin Lamb to the plate, who came in defensively in the sixth. Lamb launched a 1-0 pitch over the right-center field wall to make it 9-5 in favor of the Jays.
Milwaukee made a pitching change, but Creighton didn't seem to notice as McKewon singled, Castagnini and Peter walked to load the bases. Gerber cleared the bases with a triple of the center field wall to extend the Jays' lead to 12-5.
The Panthers scratched across a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Jays added to their lead win a run in the eighth and ninth to claim the game, 14-6.
Junior Max Ising earned the win (1-0) for the Jays, allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings of relief work. Freshman Nick Highberger closed the door with two innings of scoreless ball.
Milwaukee's Eric King took the loss (0-3) as he surrendered the first five runs in the seventh. King was changed with five runs on four hits and two walks in 2.2 innings.
The Jays wrap up their four-game road trip on Tuesday, March 12 as Creighton faces Southeast Missouri State at 2 p.m. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.