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Creighton Baseball downs Cal

Creighton Baseball downs Cal

OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton Baseball team earned its seventh straight win, rallying from an early 3-0 hole to post a 5-3 victory over California at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on Thursday, May 17th.

Bluejay ace Ryan Tapani threw 6.2 innings to improve to 10-1 on the season, while freshman Evan Spry’s first career homer keyed a four-run fifth inning that saw Creighton take the lead for good.

The first four batters of the game reached for Cal against Tapani, who labored and threw 32 pitches in the first inning. Jonah Davis singled with the bases loaded to give the Golden Bears an early 1-0 lead, and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Sam Wezniak plated Andrew Vaughn with the second run.

Cal made it 3-0 in the third inning when Tanner Dodson singled, moved to third on a hit from Davis, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wezniak.

Creighton’s fortunes turned in the fourth inning. Will Robertson singled and scored on a Ryan Mantle double over the head of Dodson in center, trimming CU’s deficit to 3-1.

Spry then led off the fifth inning with the first home run of the season by a Creighton freshman, curling a 3-2 pitch just inside the foul pole down the right field line.

Clark Brinkman followed Spry’s blast with a single, and one fielder’s choice later an errant throw by Cal put two men in scoring position for BIG EAST RBI leader Will Robertson. Robertson reached on an infield single, scoring Isaac Collins to tie the game. Both Michael Emodi and Robertson would score on Mantle’s second double of the game, ending the evening for Cal starter Matt Ladrech (7-5).

Tapani would retire the final eight men he faced before giving way to Grant Spranger with two out in the seventh. Spranger struck out Dodson to end the seventh.

Cal threatened in the eighth inning after Mitchell Boyer put two men on without a hit, but Bobby Kametas came on to strike out Cameron Eden to preserve the lead.

Kametas worked around a pair of walks in the ninth inning to earn his seventh save of the year, retiring Davis on strikes to end the contest.

Robertson topped CU’s offensive display with a 3-for-4 night, scoring twice. Mantle drove in three runs on a pair of doubles, and Clark Brinkman also had two singles.

Dodson led Cal with a 3-for-5 night at the plate, but the Golden Bears struck out 13 times against four Bluejay hurlers.

Creighton (33-15) and Cal (29-20) continue their series on Friday at 6:35 p.m. at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

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