Published Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm / Updated at 11:16 pm
BASEBALL
Bluejays fall short against Trojans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Despite a three-run home run from senior Mike Gerber, the Creighton baseball team fell to 0-2 with a 7-4 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.

Creighton fell behind 3-0 in the opening frame as Arkansas-Little Rock (2-0) scored on two walks and a two-run double from Jason Steelmon. An error allowed Steelmon to come around to score on the double.

The Trojans extended their lead to 6-0 in the second, when Austin Pfeiffer’s three-run, two-out home run scored two teammates who had walked.

Trailing 7-0 entering the top of the sixth, Creighton mounted a charge. Sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald opened the frame with a walk, then junior Jake Peter laced a single through the right side. Gerber followed with his first home run of the season over the right-center field wall to chase Trojan starter Ethan Schlechte.

Bluejay sophomore Reagan Fowler then reached on an error, and with two outs, Joey Mancuso drew a walk. Freshman Nicky Lopez continued the Creighton rally with an RBI single through the right side to make it 7-4. After a walk to senior Brad McKewon loaded the bases, Fitzgerald struck out looking to end the rally.

McKewon led the Jays with two hits.

Creighton sophomore Tommy Strunc (0-1) took the loss, allowing six runs on two hits and five walks in 1 2/3 innings. Schlechte (1-0) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings.

The Bluejays and Trojans play the final game of their three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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