NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State starter Chris Razo pitched his fourth complete game of the season Friday to lead the Redbirds to a 9-2 win against Creighton.
The win marked the 11th consecutive victory for Missouri Valley Conference-leading Illinois State, tying the program's record winning streak set in 1976.
Razo (6-0) allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked one.
Meanwhile, Bluejays ace Tommy Strunc (6-2) struggled, allowing six runs on seven hits in two innings.
The Redbirds opened the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles by Brett Kay and Chad Hinshaw. After a groundout by Zac Johnson, which advanced the runners to second and third, Eric Aguilera grounded out to second base, scoring Kay. Kyle Stanton followed with a double to right field, scoring Hinshaw.
Illinois State scored four more runs in the second. Johnson's run-scoring triple down the right-field line was the big blast, and he scored on Aguilera's RBI single to make it 6-0 after two innings.
Creighton (24-12, 8-5) got on the board in the fourth when junior Federico Castagnini reached on a three-base error and scored on a groundout from sophomore Jake Peter.
After the Redbirds (30-16, 10-3) got a run in the sixth, CU scored in the seventh. Peter walked and scored on Alex Staehely's double down the left-field line.
Freshman Matt Warren was the Bluejays' bright spot on the mound. He tossed a career-high 423 innings in relief, limiting Illinois State to one unearned run on two hits.
The teams continue their three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday.