Pacific Bats Stymied At Creighton

Pacific Bats Stymied At Creighton

Omaha, Neb. - Curtis Gomez picked up a pair of hits, and Brett Sullivan added a two-run double, but that was all the offense for Pacific against Creighton's Tommy Strunc in a 7-2 Creighton win Friday at TD Ameritrade Park.

Strunc allowed just those three hits in 7.2 innings of work, and the Blue Jays took advantage of Mike Hager's uncharacteristic lack of command for five runs in the first two innings.

Hager (0-2), Pacific's sophomore right hander, allowed a sacrifice fly in the first, and walked in a run in the second before a three-run single on a 3-2 pitch by 2B Jake Peter.

Creighton added back-to-back singles off RHP Jake Jenkins in the sixth, and after a sacrifice bunt by Brennan Murphy brought in a run, Jordan Makovicka capped the Blue Jays' scoring with a sacrifice fly for a 7-0 lead.

Freshman PH Connor Bitzer and sophomore PH Taylor Murphy worked leadoff walks in the eighth off Strunc, and freshman PH Brett Sullivan delivered a two-run double to the gap in left center, but RHP Matt Warren came in salaamed the door, retiring the next two Tigers.

Warren tossed a perfect ninth to close out the ballgame as Creighton improved to 9-3 on the season. Strunc improved to 3-0 on the year, striking out eight against four walks and three hits allowed.

Hager suffered the loss, lasting four innings and allowing five earned on four hits. Senior LHP Travis Lumby tossed a shutout seventh with two strikeouts, while junior C/RHP Jason Taasaas struck out two in his scoreless eighth inning on the mound.

Pacific falls to 5-11 overall, and 1-4 on the 11-day, seven game road trip. Game two of the series is Saturday at 2 p.m. Central, noon Pacific.