Omaha, Neb. — Senior Ryan Tapani tossed eight scoreless innings, then junior Jacob Voss mopped up with a perfect ninth as the Creighton Baseball team downed Georgetown 8-0 on Friday, April 27.
The win moved the Bluejays to 25-11 on the season and 4-5 in BIG EAST play, while Georgetown fell to 15-24 on the season and 2-5 in conference action.
It was the first Bluejay shutout victory since Creighton bested Georgetown 4-0 on May 7, 2016 (a stretch of 98 games).
Early in the game it was the Hoyas with scoring chances as Georgetown had two runners on in both the first and third frames, but each time Tapani was able work his way out of trouble. In the third the Minnesota native worked around consecutive one-out singles with back-to-back strikeouts. In the fourth the Hoyas threatened once more with a leadoff double from Jake Bernstein, but Tapani induced a shallow fly out, a strikeout to take a scoreless game into the bottom of the fourth.
The Bluejay responded by pushing across the lead run in the fourth, started by a leadoff single from senior Mike Emodi. After a fielder’s choice by junior Jack Strunc forced Emodi, a grounder to third by junior Thomas Luevano pushed Strunc into scoring position at second. Junior Ryan Mantle took advantage with an RBI double just inside the third base line to give Creighton a 1-0 lead.
The offense went back to work in the second as junior Clark Brinkman drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored with two down on a pass ball.
The Bluejays, however, broke the game open with four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Creighton’s four-run sixth was largely a product of patience as the Bluejays loaded the bases with walks to Mantle and sophomore Parker Upton as well as Isaac Collins. Fellow sophomore made the walks hurt Georgetown as he blasted a three-run triple off the right field wall. Robertson scampered home moments later on another passed ball.
The two runs in the seventh were courtesy of a walk to Luevano, a triple to left-center and an RBI grounder from sophomore Jason Allbery.
After working out of trouble in the first few innings, Tapani went on to retire 15 of the last 19 batters he faced. He left the game having thrown a career-high 111 pitches, while striking out nine.
Robertson, Strunc and Mantle led the offense with two hits each and a combined five RBI as well as four runs scored.
The two teams return to the diamond on Saturday, April 28 at 6:30 for the second game of the series. Saturday is Creighton’s Seventh Annual Salute to the Military and First Responders Game.