Creighton Drops K-State in 11 Innings

OMAHA, Neb. With two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the 11th, Michael Lam hit a ground ball to Kansas State shortstop Drew Biery, but the ball bounced away from Biery to allow the winning run to cross home as the Bluejays defeated the Wildcats, 6-5, in 11 innings Tuesday evening at Rosenblatt Stadium. With the loss, Kansas State dropped to 16-19, while Creighton improved to 24-10.

 

Creighton shortstop Elliot Soto led the 11th off with a double down the leftfield line off Kansas State reliever Daniel Edwards (1-3). Soto then moved to third on a one-out groundout by Steve Winkelmann. The Wildcats then intentionally walked Vicente Cafaro, which set the stages for Lam.

 

Creighton’s Pat Venditte (4-2) took the win in relief after throwing three innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts. The Bluejay bullpen combined to throw 6.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out 11.

 

Soto and Darin Ruf each went 2-for-5 with a double to lead the Bluejay offense.

 

Freshman Carter Jurica led the way for the Wildcats at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. The Cats also received a multi-hit game from Justin Bloxom, who was 2-for-5.

 

For the fifth-straight game, K-State’s opponent punched across the game’s first run. In the second inning, Creighton got a leadoff double from Winkelmann, who was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cafaro. Winkelmann then scored on an RBI groundout by T.J. Roemmich to give the Bluejays a 1-0 lead.

 

The Bluejays extended their lead to 2-0 with another run in the third. Robbie Knight hit a one-out single through the left side, went to second on a groundout, and scored on a Ruf single.

 

After being shutdown in order the previous two innings, Kansas State put up five runs in the fifth inning to turn a two-run deficit into a three-run lead. Following a leadoff fly out, Biery blasted a solo home run into the second tier of seats over the left-field wall to plate the Cats’ first run. Shaun Deisler followed with a walk and Daniel Dellasega singled to give Kansas State runners on first and second and still just one out.

 

Brett Scott came up and drove a pitch into the left centerfield to score Deisler and move Dellasega to third. Both Dellasega and Scott scored on Jurica’s two-RBI single to centerfield. Jurica moved to second on a balk and scored on an Adam Muenster single to push the lead to 5-3.

 

Creighton answered K-State’s five-run fifth inning with three runs in the sixth. K-State starter A.J. Morris ran into trouble again in as he gave up a leadoff double to Ruf and then hit Winkelmann to put runners on first and second with no outs. Chase Bayuk entered the game and walked Cafaro to load the bases. Lam came on pinch hit, but hit a ground ball to Jurica, who went home to get the lead runner for the first out.

 

Joe Servais hit a sacrifice fly into left field to score Cafaro and get the Bluejays within two runs at 5-3. A single and a hit-by-pitch followed to score another run and load the bases, which would be the end for Bayuk. Thomas Rooke came on in relief, but a passed ball by Dellasega scored another run to tie things up at five apiece.

 

As hot as the K-State bats were in the fifth, the Cats cooled down the next four innings as the CU bullpen combined to retire 12 of the next 15 Wildcats to keep the game tied.

 

With the scored tied at five, Creighton had a chance to end things in the bottom of the ninth. The Bluejays had a two-out single followed by a walk to put runners on first and second, but Edwards struck out Winkelmann to send the game into extras.

 

Creighton came back with another chance to end things in the 10th as the bases were loaded with two outs, but Knight swung at the first pitch and flied out to right field to keep the game tied.

 

The Wildcats could only manage one hit in the 10th and went down in order in the 11th to set up Creighton for the win.

 

Kansas State will venture back out onto the Big 12 road as the Wildcats head to Lubbock, Texas, for a three-game series against Texas Tech. First pitch Friday from Dan Law Field is set for 6:30 p.m.