A two-run home run in the top of the first inning was all the Creighton Blue Jays needed on Sunday to take a 5-1 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in nonconference action at Bear Stadium.
Creighton first baseman Nick Judkins hit a two-run blast over the right-field fence off UCA starter Ryan Angus and the Jays (3-0) completed the weekend sweep of the Bears (0-3). The Jays had 11 hits off three UCA pitchers, with Angus taking the loss, allowing eight hits and five runs in five innings.
The Jays got two more runs in the second inning on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single off Angus. The Bears left runners on base in three of the first four innings before finally putting up their only run in the fifth inning. Catcher Michael Marietta led off with a walk and moved to second on Forrestt Allday’s single through the right side.
Jonathan Davis’ sacrifice bunt, one of his two on the day, advanced the runners to second and third before Bryan Willson grounded out to score Marietta.
Creighton used five different pitchers to hold the Bears to just five hits. Nick Musec got the victory with 2.2 innings of relief. Allday, a junior transfer from Alvin Community College, was 3 for 3 for the Bears, while Travis Snider and Garrett Brown had the other two hits for UCA. Chance Ross had a three-hit day for the Jays, while Alex Staehely and Brennan Murphy had two apiece.
UCA hosts SIU-Edwardsville in a three-game series next weekend beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.