Bethesda, Md. — Guided by three solo home runs, including two from sophomore Michael Emodi, the Creighton Baseball team secured the series win over Georgetown by taking the second game of the series 6-4 on Friday, April 14.
The victory moved Creighton to 13-16 on the season and 4-1 in BIG EAST play, while Georgetown fell to 20-14 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Down 2-0 entering the top of the fourth, sophomore Thomas Luevano screamed a solo shot down the left field line to make it 2-1. Emodi followed two pitches later with a home run that cleared the fence in dead center. Knotted at 2-2, starter Jeff Albrecht returned to the bump with a bit more energy as he breezed through the fourth.
Emodi gave the Bluejays a little breathing room as he sent his second solo blast to center with one down in the sixth, but Georgetown answered with a run in the bottom of the frame. Reliever Jackson Vescelus limited the damage to one run by getting the final two outs of the sixth to strand Hoyas on second and third.
The Bluejay bats went back to work in the seventh as freshman Parker Upton laced a one-out double to left-center, then Allbery delivered his fourth RBI single of the series to make it 5-3. Once more the Hoyas responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, but reliever Brennan Hammer got the final two outs to strand Hoyas at first and second.
Creighton pushed across an insurance run in the ninth, taking advantage of a Georgetown error. Seniors Riley Landuyt and Bryce Only opened the frame with walks, moved up 90 feet via a sacrifice bunt by Upton and scored on a errant throw from Hoyas third baseman John Simourian with two down.
Senior David Gerber, who came in to toss a flawless eighth, worked around a single and an error in the ninth to pick up his third save of the season.
Senior Jeff Albrecht picked up the win (5-3) for Creighton, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks in 5.1 innings. Gerber now has 23 career saves, one shy of the Bluejay record of 24 held by Steve Grasley (2001-04). Georgetown starter Jack Cushing took the loss (4-3), allowing five runs on six hits and one walk in 6.1 innings.
Offensively Emodi closed the game 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Bluejays.
The Bluejays and Hoyas face off in the series finale on Saturday, April 15 at 11:00 am (CT).