The second-seeded Creighton Baseball team fell 8-1 to top-seeded St. John’s in a winner’s bracket contest on day two of the BIG EAST Baseball Championship at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on Friday, May 22.
Creighton dropped to 31-18 following the loss while St. John’s improved to 38-14 with the win. As a result, the Red Storm advances to Sunday’s Championship game while the Bluejays will face third-seeded Seton Hall in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, May 23.
The Creighton offense could not get on track against the current BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, St. John’s pitcher Ryan McCormick, producing one run on two hits. The Red Storm starter retired the final 19 Bluejays that appeared at the plate.
The Red Storm opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as the designated home team. SJU scored two runs off of three singles to jump out to an early 2-0 advantage.
Creighton cut the lead in half in the top of the second. Back-to-back singles from juniors Harrison Crawford and Brett Murray to right field with one out put runners on the corners. A long sacrifice fly to the right field corner scored Crawford but Murray did not tag on the play and was called out at first on a rare 9-4-3 double play.
St. John’s extended its lead in the bottom of the third frame to 3-1 after a pair of singles led to another Red Storm score. SJU added another score two innings later to make it 4-1 after another set of singles to end the fifth frame. SJU plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh before scoring the final tally an inning later.
Bluejay starter, freshman Rollie Lacy, suffered his first loss of the season to drop to 6-1 allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings of work.
Creighton will be back in action on Saturday when the Bluejays play an elimination game on the third day of the BIG EAST Tournament in a rematch against No. 3 seed Seton Hall at 3:30 p.m. CT.