OMAHA, Neb. Creighton Baseball dropped out of first place after a 6-2 loss to Xavier in the first game of a double header on Friday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Creighton (21-13, 13-6 BIG EAST) loss and Connecticut’s 15-1 win vs. Seton Hall dropped the Bluejays to second place in the league table, as the Huskies now own 0.733 winning percentage compared to CU’s 0.684 mark. Both teams have two games left in the regular season.
Just like in Thursday night’s Xavier victory 10-5, neither team scored in the first two rounds before the Musketeers opened the scoring with a couple of runs at the top of the third. Luke Franzoni, who homers twice last night, once again did the damage with his team-best ninth home run of the season when the Musketeers took an early 2-0 advantage.
Xavier added to his lead with a fourth inning with three runs to go 5-1, as Sam Olson, Jack Housinger and Andrew Walker collected RBI.
But since they have all the series long, Xavier responded after allowing a Bluejay score with one of his own in the sixth inning after Creighton reliefs Ryan Miller went the first two men of the round, and then threw a wild pitch to end the afternoon after only 10 places. Daniel Hammond was summoned and escaped the jam, but not before Nolan Monastra’s inset single-pinched pinches Andrew Sexton with the game’s final run.
Lane Flamm improved to 3-5 for Xavier, allowing six hits and two runs in six innings.
Jonah Smith was marked with the loss to fall to 6-4 after surrendering five races in five innings that included seven strikes. Fellow senior Mantle had a 3-for-4 afternoon at the plate to push his stroke average to 0.336.
The Bluejays and Musketeers start game three in the series around 17:10 today. Live video for that competition can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwMWL87iwME and live statistics at http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=332791.