It was a historical weekend in Cincinnati for the Creighton baseball and athletic department. The Bluejays needed two wins or outside help to secure a BIG EAST regular season conference championship, the school's first since making the move last July.Game 1: Creighton (28-16-1, 12-4) 4 v. Xavier (26-24, 8-8) 9
Scott Klever opened up this series with a impressive eight-inning start. He allowed one run on three hits to help Xavier keep hope alive for a berth in the conference tournament. Klever was backed by his offense who scored seven runs on eight hits off CU start Taylor Elman. The Jays had five hits, which came from five different players. Brad McKewon drove in two runs in the defeat.Game 2: Creighton (29-16-1, 13-4) 7 v. Xavier (26-25, 8-9) 2
After the game one setback, the Bluejays turned to senior Bryan Sova, who has primarily served as the closer this season. Sova made his first career start in the important game for his team. Xavier was baffled all day, as it only took 83 pitches for Sova to shut down the Musketeers. Ryan Fitzgerald and Landon Lucansky provided the offense with each driving in two runs. Lucansky hit his second home run of the season.Game 3: Creighton (30-16-1, 14-4) 7 v. Xavier (26-26, 8-10) 6 F/12
Needing a victory and a Seton Hall win over St. John's, Creighton needed extra innings to achieve school history. The Musketeers scored first and took a 3-1 lead to the ninth inning. Down to their final three outs, CU opened with three consecutive walks from Ryan Fitzgerald, Jake Peter and Mike Gerber. Reagan Fowler singled and tied the game before Lucansky gave his team the lead, capping the three-run inning. Xavier didn't go quietly, tying the score and sending the game to extra innings. Much like the final inning, the Jays took a one-run lead in the 11th inning only to see the Musketeers answer again. In the twelfth inning, the Bluejays put two on with one out when freshman Daniel Woodrow singled up the middle, giving his team a one-run lead. Nicky Lopez, another freshman, drove in Woodrow and gave his team a 7-5 lead. Three outs from a title, Sova wanted the ball a day after his complete game, and Coach Ed Servais gave him the chance. Despite allowing a run to pass, the senior delivered and closed the door.
These two teams will meet Thursday in Brooklyn in the BIG EAST conference tournament being held in Brooklyn, New York. Creighton, the one seed, faces fourth-seeded Xavier at 3 p.m.. Fans are able to stream the game on the BIG EAST website with audio locally on 1180 KZOT and 1620thezone.com.
BIG EAST Conference Tournament Schedule
1 Creighton Bluejays v. 4 Xavier Musketeers
2 St. John's Red Storm v. 3 Seton Hall Pirates Final BIG EAST Regular Season Standings
Creighton Bluejays (14-4, 30-16-1)
St. John's Red Storm (13-5, 35-18)
Seton Hall Pirates (11-7, 38-13)
Xavier Musketeers (8-10, 26-26)
Butler Bulldogs (7-11, 20-30)
Georgetown Hoyas (5-13, 19-29)
Villanova Wildcats (5-13, 16-34)