The win moved the Bluejays to 19-7 on the season and 2-0 in BIG EAST play, while Butler fell to 17-15 overall and 1-4 in conference action.
Robertson’s launched his sixth homer of the season to right on the first pitch he saw in the opening frame. His blast held up until Butler pulled even with a run in the fourth on an RBI ground out from Connor Christman.
Creighton’s offense answered quickly in the fifth, plating five runs on three hits, two walks and hit batter. Sophomore Will Hanafan opened the firth with a single up the middle, then walks to junior Isaac Collins and Will Robertson loaded the bags. Junior Jake Holton gave Creighton a 2-1 lead as he was hit by a pitch. Senior Jack Strunc followed with a sac fly to left, then senior Jordan Hovey pulled a two-run double down the right field line to make it 5-1. Fresham Jared Wegner pushed the Creighton advantage to 6-1 with an RBI single to center.
Butler responded with four runs on a walk, two Bluejay errors and a double in the sixth, but Creighton got one back in the seventh on a walk to Holton, a double from Strunc and a sac fly by Hovey.
Reliever John Sakowski closed the door with two innings of nearly flawless ball, allowing one hit and facing just seven Butler hitters in the eighth and ninth.
Creighton starter Denson Hull earned his second win of the week (2-3), allowing just two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings.
Butler starter Sam Hubbe took the loss (3-2), giving up five runs on five hits and four walks in four innings.
At the dish Hovey finished 1-for-3 with three RBI, while Robertson, Strunc and Hanafan each collected two hits in the contest.
The two squads are currently playing the final game of the series.
Indianapolis, Ind. — The Creighton Baseball team was forced to settle for a road series win at Butler, falling 5-0 to the Bulldogs in the series finale and the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13.
The loss moved the Bluejays to 19-8 on the season and 2-1 in BIG EAST play, while Butler moved to 18-15 overall and 2-4 in conference action.
Butler got on the board first in the opening frame, turning a walk and a hit batter into a 2-0 lead.
The Bluejay bats were held in check for eight innings by Connor Schultz. The righty limited Creighton to five hits and one walk to collect the win (5-0). Creighton starter Evan Johnson took his first loss of the season (4-1), allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits, three walks and a hit batter in 3.1 innings.
Creighton’s best chance to push a run across came in the eighth. Down 4-0, Creighton loaded the bases with one down via a pinch-hit single from Andrew Meggs, a double by junior Will Robertson and a walk to junior Jake Holton. Consecutive fly outs left the bags loaded, then Butler tacked on a final run in its half of the inning.
Creighton returns to the diamond on Thursday as the Bluejays begin another road conference series, facing Seton Hall in three games. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 pm.