Conway, Ark. — Despite a two home run day from junior catcher Michael Emodi, the Creighton Baseball team suffered a 7-6 defeat to Central Arkansas on Sunday, March 4.
The loss moved Creighton to 5-4 on the season, while Central Arkansas moved to 4-6. The Bears also claimed the series from the Bluejays with victories on Saturday and Sunday.
The Bears bounced out to a 2-0 in the bottom of the second with two runs on three singles and a walk.
Creighton answered in the third as sophomore Isaac Collins opened the frame with a triple to right center, then scampered home on an RBI ground out from junior Jack Strunc. One pitch later Emodi blasted a game-tying blast to left field to make it 2-2.
Central Arkasnas, however, wasted little time reclaiming the lead as the Bears chased Creighton starter Ryan Connolly with four runs (two earned) in the fourth on three singles, a costly error and a walk. The Bears tacked on a run in the sixth, taking a 7-2 lead into the final three innings.
Emodi went back to work at the plate in the seventh, blasting a two-run shot to left field to make it 7-4.
Creighton climbed closer with a win in the eighth as sophomore Parker Upton lined a one-out single up the middle, then went to second on a wild pitch. Senior Blake Whitecotton followed with an RBI double down the left field line to make it 7-5.
The Bluejays continued to rally in the ninth as Strunc reached on an error to open the frame. Two outs later, Allbery and junior Jordan Hovey delivered a consecutive singles to make it 7-6 with ment at first and second.
That, however, was as close as Creighton could climb. Central Arkasnas’ Cody Davenport closed the door to earn the win (1-1), allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in six innings of relief.
Connolly took the loss (0-1), allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits in 3.1 innings.
Emodi closed the game 2-for-5 with three RBI via the two long balls.
Creighton returns to the diamond on Tuesday, March 6 as the Bluejays travel to Pine Bluff, Arkansas to take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.