WICHITA, Kan.- Bradley had the early lead, but Creighton used a nine-run sixth to push past the Braves, 14-2, in eight innings.
Grant Escue doubled and Dan Brewer was plunked to get on board in the top of the first. Colby Luttrell hit one in the left-center gap for a double that gave the Braves a 2-0 lead.
Creighton scored one in the bottom half of the frame and used a Robbie Knight sacrifice to bring home Nick Nordgren in the third, knotting the game at two. Nordgren took Chris Wright’s first pitch to the gap for a triple, before the fly ball that allowed him to score.
Creighton picked up eight hits and took over the game, 11-2, in the sixth. The offense was highlighted by RBI doubles from Steve Winkelmann and Brett Mieras, and a double by designated hitter Michael Lam that plated three.
The Bluejays capped the game with a three-run homerun in the eighth by T.J. Roemmich in a pinch-hit appearance. On board were Darin Ruf with a single and Winkelmann with a walk for the sophomore’s third homerun of the year.
Creighton’s Jeremy Hauer gave up two earned runs on five hits and three walks. Reliever Pat Venditte (8-3) picked up the win with a scoreless 1.1 innings of work. Jack VanLeur closed out the final inning, and faced four batters.
Wright fell to 3-7, allowing five earned runs on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Tyler Thornton and Brad Altbach each recorded an out, but gave up at least one earned run. Jon Goebel gave up three-run homer in the eighth.
Bradley plays immediately at 7 p.m., Wednesday night. Creighton faces Missouri State Thursday morning at 11 a.m., and Southern Illinois will take on Wichita State at 7 p.m.