Omaha, Neb. — Eight runs in the first three innings gave the Creighton Baseball team a cushion to enjoy head coach Ed Servais‘ 500th win at Creighton as the Bluejays downed Kansas State 8-3 on Wednesday, April 4.
The win lifted Creighton to 17-6 on the season, while Kansas State fell to 15-14 overall.
Junior Clark Brinkman kick started the offense right away with a single through the left side. One out later junior Michael Emodi was hit by a pitch, then sophomore Will Robertson yanked a two-run triple down the right field line. Junior Thomas Luevanofollowed with an RBI single as Creighton led 3-0 after one inning.
The Bluejays added two their edge with five unearned runs in the fifth. All of Creighton’s damage came after two men were out. Luevano started the rally with a double into left center, then juniors Jack Strunc and Ryan Mantle drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Sophomore Jason Allbery reached on an error to bring home Luevano, then another walk forced in Creighton’s fifth run. Brinkman delivered the knock out blow with a three-run double to left.
Creighton starter Preston Church carried the 8-0 lead into the sixth as he picked up his third win of the year (3-2) with five innings of scoreless ball.
Kansas State scored one run in the seventh, then tacked on two in the eighth on a double from John Sorensen.
Bluejay junior Jonah Smith, however, closed the door with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Kansas State starter Jared Marolf took the loss (1-4), allowing three runs on four hits in two innings of work.
Brinkman, Robertson and Luevano led the offense with two hits each.
The Bluejays are scheduled to open BIG EAST conference play on Friday, April 6 against Butler at 6:30 pm, but with snow in the forecast the outlook for the game is grim.