The Creighton Bluejays inched closer to a Big East regular-season title Friday night.

Four Bluejay pitchers held Villanova to three hits and Creighton scored three runs in its last two at-bats in downing the Wildcats 4-1 in front of a TD Ameritrade Park crowd of 2,123.

With the win, Creighton takes a half-game lead over second-place Xavier in the Big East standings.

The Jays will capture the regular-season title with a win in Saturday’s series finale, while a loss will give the crown to the Musketeers.

Creighton coach Ed Servais said he saw this opportunity coming weeks ago.

“It’s just awesome to see the players celebrate, to see the players congratulate each other, to see the players realize that all their hard work has amounted to something, We haven’t done it yet,” Servais said.

“I told them about four weeks ago I envisioned we would win the regular-season championship against Villanova at home. We’ll see if I’m right.”

Andrew Meggs, who entered the game in the fifth inning when he pinch hit for Jared Wegner, got the game-winning hit in the seventh when he singled in Jordan Hovey to give the Bluejays a 2-1 lead.

Meggs entered the night with just six hits in 23 at-bats this season.

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Servais said he was thrilled to see Meggs come through in the clutch after seeing limited time.

“For Andrew Meggs to get a breaking ball up and place it into right-center, real happy for him because he practices real hard every day and doesn’t get a lot of opportunities,” he said.

Meggs said he wasn’t happy with his first at-bat as a pinch hitter when he grounded out to short.

“I don’t think I was mentally ready to hit,” Meggs said. I really wanted to be ready to go on that first pitch (in the seventh). I thought he might throw me a breaking ball. I got that breaking ball, and I was glad I could help the team.

Meggs might not have had a chance to drive in Hovey if not for some smart baserunning by the batter before.

With Hovey on first, David Vilches grounded a made-to-order double-play ball to shortstop. But Hovey was running on the pitch, leaving the only play at first base. That left Hovey in scoring position for Meggs.

“We put a run-and-hit on in that case to try to stay out of the double play and try to get Jordan to second base to try to give us a chance,” Servais said.

“You know, sometimes those things work. Sometimes they don’t. Tonight, a couple of them worked at the end.”

That go-ahead run came after a sparkling defensive play by Isaac Collins in the top of the seventh.

Tyler Bruno led the inning off with a walk. After Ben Dotzler struck out Ryan Toohers, Sam Margulis looped a shot that looked like it would be a hit over Collins, who was playing in.

But Collins was able to outrun the ball, make the catch and double Bruno off of first base for an inning-ending double play.

Collins said he was playing in because he was covering second on the hit-and-run play.

“Coach always tells us on hit-and-runs that you want to go in and over because you don’t want to vacate your area too soon. I tried to creep over to second,” Collins said.

“He hit a soft little blooper over my head, but I knew right away I could get to it.”

The Bluejays (34-11, 13-4) added two insurance runs in the eighth on a run-scoring single by Will Robertson and a Jack Strunc safety squeeze that brought home Jake Holton.

Creighton pitchers didn’t allow a hit over the final six innings.

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