Jordan Hovey’s two-run double clinches Big East series win over Butler

INDIANAPOLIS — Jordan Hovey hit a two-run double during a five-run fifth inning Saturday as Creighton clinched a series victory over Butler with a 7-5 win in the opening game of a doubleheader.

The Bluejays had to settle for a split, however, as they stranded 10 runners during a 5-0 loss in the nightcap.

At 2-1 in the Big East, CU is tied for second in the league standings behind 4-1 Xavier.

Will Robertson hit his sixth homer of the season, a solo shot in the first inning of the opener, as the Jays extended their winning streak to four games.

The score was tied 1-1 when the Jays loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth. Butler starter Sam Hubbe hit Jake Holton to score a run, and Jack Strunc’s sacrifice fly made it 3-1.

The left-handed hitting Hovey then hit a 1-1 pitch from reliever Alex Voss down the right-field line for a 5-1 lead.

After Creighton tacked on one more run in the inning, the Bulldogs responded with four runs in the sixth to pull within 6-5.

But Hovey drove in his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and John Sakowski allowed one baserunner over the final two innings for the save.

Starter Denson Hull picked up his second win, allowing three hits and two runs over five innings and striking out four. It was Hull’s second-longest outing of the season and the first time he pitched five innings since March 1.

The Bluejay offense struggled to score in the second game, however, as Butler starter Connor Schultz scattered five hits and struck out seven in eight innings while throwing 124 pitches.

The Bulldogs chased CU starter Evan Johnson in the fourth, tagging him for four runs. Butler snapped a four-game skid and handed Johnson his first loss.

Entering Saturday, Johnson had pitched at least five innings in his last four starts, a stretch in which he had only allowed four combined runs.

Robertson doubled for the Bluejays’ lone extra-base hit. CU, which was shut out for just the second time this season, left the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

The Jays will travel to Seton Hall on Thursday to open a three-game series with the Pirates.

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