No. 25 K-State Topped By Creighton, 7-4

MANHATTAN, Kan. - With the game tied at two apiece through six innings, Creighton scored once in the seventh and four times in the eighth as the Bluejays defeated No. 25 Kansas State, 7-4, Tuesday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.

The loss dropped the Wildcats to 13-3 on the season and snapped a seven-game winning streak. The Bluejays, who won their first game in Manhattan since 2007, improved to 9-4 on the year.

Creighton scored three of its seven runs on a duo of late-inning homers, including a solo shot from third baseman Jimmy Swift to break a two-all tie in the seventh. Carson Vitale answered the call with a two-run blast in the eighth to cap the four-run inning and give Creighton a 7-2 lead.

After Swift's seventh-inning blast gave the Bluejays a slim one-run advantage, the Wildcats had a chance to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. Blair DeBord led the frame off with a walk before he was sacrificed over to second. But two pop-outs to Swift at third base ended the scoring chance.

Creighton jumped on the missed opportunity by K-State as the Bluejays scored four runs in the eighth to shut the door on the contest. Three-straight Creighton hits, including a double by Trever Adams and a single by TJ Roemmich, brought home a pair of runs and knocked K-State reliever Thomas Rooke (0-1) out of the contest.

Freshman Jake Doller entered the game and stuck out Scott Thornburg before Vitale hit his two-run shot over the left-field wall.

Roemmich and Vitale paced Creighton with two hits and two RBI apiece. Adams, Swift and Alex Staehely each drove in one run.

Creighton reliever Mark Winkelman (2-0) picked up his second win of the season as he threw a scoreless sixth inning before the Bluejays took the lead for good in the seventh.

K-State outfielder Nick Martini recorded his second three-hit contest of the season as he went 3-for-5 with a run scored. The sophomore extended his hitting streak to 13 games, which is now a team high. Carter Jurica, who had hit safely in 15-straight games to start the season, went 0-for-3.

After struggling in his first start of the season, Wildcat starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh bounced back against the Bluejays. In five innings of work, the right-hander allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts, including three punch outs between the third and fourth innings.

The Wildcats also received a decent outing from reliever Matt Applegate, who threw one scoreless inning without allowing a hit and striking out a pair of batters.

Creighton took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-strike, two-out double by Roemmich to plate Robbie Knight and make the score 1-0.

Following scoreless second and third innings, Kansas State scored a pair of runs off Creighton reliever Greg Hellhake in the fourth. Martini began the frame with a leadoff double to left-center field before scoring on Mike Kindel's second triple of the season. DeBord followed with a single to center to plate Kindel and give the Cats a 2-1 lead.

But Creighton came back to tie the game at two in the fifth on a Staehely single up the middle to score Swift.

Kansas State hosts UW-Milwaukee in a four-game series, Friday, March 19, through Sunday, March 21. The series has been shifted from its original schedule due to impending weather in the Manhattan area. The two teams will now play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 12 p.m., with single games on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

For tickets, contact the Kansas State Athletic Ticket Office at (785) 532-7606 or visit www.k-statesports.com.