Creighton escapes with sweep Saturday
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
"We gave up two runs in the ninth, but give them credit, they came up big with a pinch-hit triple to tie it and setup the winning run," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "I thought we pitched pretty well tonight with Zach Muckenhirn and Ellery Bresnahan having good outings in that second game, they just hit some balls hard in the ninth that gave them the win."
GAME 1- Creighton 6, North Dakota 2
The host Blue Jays struck early with two in the bottom of the first and tacked on three more in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead. UND did its damage in the eighth, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate.
After Jacob Threlkeld drew a one-out walk and Taylor Petersen followed suit two batters later, Jeff Campbell got UND on the board with a single up the middle with two down. Zack Trygstad reached on a throwing error to load the bases and Ryan Reese drove in the second run with a walk. Creighton reliever Bryan Sova, the fourth pitcher of the inning, was able to induce a foul popup to end the threat.
Threlkeld, Petersen, Campbell and Tyler Follis all collected hits in the opener. Andrew Thome went five innings, scattering eight hits with four strikeouts to drop to 1-3 on the season
GAME 2- Creighton 4, North Dakota 3
North Dakota got on the board first, plating a pair in the fifth inning to eventually chase Jays' starter Austin Groth. Dalton Leuschke started the threat with a leadoff single and Follis singled and stole second to give UND two runners in scoring position with one down. Petersen cashed in the first with a single to center and Campbell collected the second RBI with a sacrifice fly.
Freshman Zach Muckenhirn was cruising along, heading back to take the mound in the fifth with a 2-0 lead, allowing just one base hit through four innings. Creighton would finally get to him in the sixth, scoring two to tie the ball game.
Junior Brock Johnson got the final out of that inning to keep the game tied and got through the seventh before yielding way to Ellery Bresnahan. He pitched through a leadoff single with help from Petersen mowing down a runner attempting to steal. He then got a groundout and a swinging strikeout to end the eighth. He'd take the hill again in the ninth, this time with the lead.
Patrick Riewer ripped a leadoff double in the ninth and moved to third on a Threlkeld sacrifice bunt. Follis made it a four-hit game by singling him home and UND regained the lead.
The North Dakota bullpen made it hold up until two were down in the ninth, as Bresnahan struck out the first batter before giving up a single. Tyler Ruemmele came on in relief and got a swinging strikeout but pinch-hitter Brandon Mikulka tripled with two down to tie the score. The winning run would score on an infield error and the Jays escaped with the sweep on the day.
UND outhit the Jays, 9-7, with Follis grabbing four of those hits and two more from Peterssen. Matt Wehrli, Dalton Leuschke and Riewer had the other hits for UND.
The teams finish the non-conference series Sunday with a single game set to start at 1:00 p.m.