It was another successful weekend for the Creighton Bluejays baseball (4-4-1) team, who won their second straight series. The Jays beat Charlotte 7-6 in 10 innings to open the series Friday, won 3-1 on Saturday and came back to force a tie in the final game that also went 10 innings on Sunday.
Game 1: Creighton (3-4) 7 at Charlotte (2-5) 6 F/10
In what became a theme of the weekend, Creighton overcame a 6-0 deficit to get their third-straight win after an 0-4 start to the season. Charlotte scored three in the first and fourth innings, building the lead before the Bluejays chipped away. Scoring two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh got CU within a run. Jake Peter tied the game with an RBI single in the ninth inning that scored Brad McKewon. Brett Murray led off the 10th inning with a double. Nicky Lopez, who entered as a pinch hitter earlier, produced a sac fly, giving CU a 7-6 lead. Bryan Sova worked his second scoreless inning without allowing a hit to pick up his first win this season.
Game 2: Creighton (4-4) 3 at Charlotte (2-6) 1
After going 4-for-6 with three runs scored in the opener, McKewon followed with a 2-for-4 game, scoring two more runs and driving in two with his first home run this season. Matt Warren picked the team up by going six innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five 49ers. Warren earned the win and improved his record to 2-0. Charlotte starter Corey Roberts went 7.2 innings, striking out seven, but yielded two runs on four hits. Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, the Jays struck for two runs starting with McKewon reaching on a fielder's choice and Peter breaking the tie with a sac fly. The insurance run came in the ninth when McKewon homered to left field. Sova worked around two hits to close the door and record the save.
Game 3: Creighton (4-4-1) 5 at Charlotte (2-6-1) 5 F/10
For a third straight game, the Jays found themselves in need of a comeback against the 49ers. Unlike the previous two games, the Bluejays jumped out 1-0 lead, which was followed by five unanswered runs from the home team. After getting one run in the fourth inning, the Jays completed the comeback with a three-run sixth. In the sixth, Creighton scored three runs on four hits with different three players driving in runs to tie the game. The game ended in a stalemate due to an agreement that no inning would begin after 3:50 pm due to travel. Five different CU hitters drove in runs. After freshman Jeff Albrecht allowed five runs in 1.2 innings, the bullpen held Charlotte scoreless.
Next up for Creighton is a midweek game against Kansas, in Lawrence, on Tuesday afternoon starting at 3 p.m.
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