After a near three-hour rain delay, the Creighton baseball team won the rubber game of the three-game set with Evansville, winning the final game 10-5 in 10 innings.
Creighton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third as Scott Thornburg singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Nick Becker bunted him over to second and Elliot Soto brought him home from third on a single of his own.
Darin Ruf gave the Jays some insurance in the sixth as he snapped a 4-33 streak in MVC play, launching a two-run bomb to left-center field traveling over 400 feet. Vicente Cafaro followed with a double down the left field line and scored on Jimmy Swift’s single to right. Swift advance to second on the throw home trying to cut down Cafaro, and scored on Carson Vitale’s single up the middle making it 5-0 Bluejays.
Evansville got on the board in the bottom of the sixth as Jim Viscomi hit a solo home run to the same spot Ruf’s bomb went.
The Purple Aces got closer in the seventh as Andy Pascoe led off the inning with a double. Alex Acheson then came up and hit a two-run home run to left, making it 5-3 in favor of Creighton.
UE put a rally together in the bottom of the ninth as the first two men singled to put runners on first and second with no one out. Greg Wallace then reached on an infield bunt, to load the bases. Bob Lackovic then induced a ground ball double play, which brought in Fick from first, and make it 5-4 with a runner on third. Nate Smith then came up and singled to center tying the game at 5-5.
In the 10th, Creighton got the first two men on via the walk. After a Darin Ruf sacrifice bunt, Cafaro walked to load the bases. T.J. Roemmich then hit a shot to the second baseman who had the ball hit off his knee allowing Knight to score. Swift then singled to center bringing in Soto. Vitale then cleared the bases with a double that went to the wall, giving CU a 10-5 lead.
Dufek finished the day going 7.0 innings, allowing three runs on five hits as he struck out a career-high 10.
Story courtesy of Creighton athletics