FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno State sent Creighton to a second straight 2-1 loss Saturday, but not before having to survive some ninth-inning drama.
The Bluejays loaded the bases with two outs before Bulldogs closer Tim Borst struck out Ryan Fitzgerald on three pitches to end the game.
Held to four hits in Friday's opener, Creighton collected nine hits in the second game, but the Bluejays left 11 runners on base.
"Our hitters had a better approach today," Creighton coach Ed Servais said. "We were one big hit from getting our offense going, but you have to give Fresno State's pitcher a lot of credit.
"They have pitched well in the first two games."
The Bluejays squandered several scoring opportunities, including a first-inning, one-out triple by Nicky Lopez. Fresno starter Jimmy Lambert got out of the jam by retiring Fitzgerald and Reagan Fowler.
Fresno State scored its two runs off Creighton starter Rollie Lacy, with the first coming in the second inning and the second coming in the fourth inning. Lacy allowed five hits in five innings while striking out seven and walking none.
"Lacy looked good today," Servais said.
The Bluejays got their run in the seventh when Brett Murray singled to open the inning, took second on a passed ball, moved to third on Michael Emodi's single and scored on Daniel Woodrow's RBI groundout.
Emodi led Creighton with three hits, while Woodrow and Harrison Crawford each had two.
The teams wrap up the series at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, with Keith Rogalla pitching for the Bluejays.
UNO rebounds with two wins
EMERSON, Ga. — Freshman Grant Suponchick notched a pinch-hit RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead UNO to a 2-1 win over Eastern Michigan in the Perfect Game Spring Swing on Saturday.
The Mavericks (2-1) also beat NJIT 9-3 later Saturday.
Replacing designated hitter Cole Patterson, Suponchick, a Papillion-La Vista South product, took a 2-0 pitch to left-center field off Eastern Michigan pitcher Kyle Huckaby (0-1) to score Sam Palensky from first base.
Sam Murphy picked up his first win of the season, pitching three innings of scoreless relief for UNO. Ryan Cate tossed a hitless ninth, striking out two, to earn his first save of the season.
The Mavericks will finish the tournament Sunday with a third game against Eastern Michigan. The Eagles beat UNO 16-3 on Friday.
Bruins sweep doubleheader
Ross Feeley had four hits, and Trevor Jones had three as Bellevue swept a doubleheader against No. 4 Tabor on Saturday, 3-2 and 6-5.
With the score tied 2-2 in the first game, Matt Evans scored on an error by Tabor pitcher Gregory Turner, which would prove to be the deciding run.
The Bruins then trailed 5-4 going into the final inning of the second game, but Jones scored on a sacrifice fly by Elijah Dickerson and Feeley scored the go-ahead run on a groundout by Jake Browne.
CREIGHTON AT FRESNO STATE 3:05 p.m. Sunday RH Keith Rogalla (4-2, 3.66 ERA in 2015) vs. LH Anthony Arias (2-3, 5.40)
UNO VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN
11 a.m. Sunday Starters TBD