NORMAL, Ill - In what could be the final game for Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Jays were eliminated from the MVC Tournament by Wichita State, 11-4, on Wednesday, May 22.
Creighton fell to 30-18 with the loss, while Wichita State moved to 35-26 overall. The Shockers advanced to play in another elimination game on Thursday, May 23 at 9 a.m. against the loser of the 4:30 p.m. game between Indiana State and Southern Illinois.
Wichita State got out to a 3-0 lead in the opening inning as Creighton starter, freshmanAustin Groth, yielded five hits to the first six batters. The lone out recorded by Groth came on a dazzling diving catch in center by seniorMike Gerber. Fellow freshmanTaylor Elmanstopped the damage with a strikeout and caught stealing double play to end the inning.
A solo home run by Shocker first baseman Casey Gillaspie pushed it to 4-1 and Wichita State tacked on another in the third to extend its lead to 5-1.
Creighton answered back quickly with two runs in the top of the fourth. SeniorAlex Staehelyopened the inning with a Texas leaguer to left. Fowler followed with an RBI triple to right center, then sophomoreKevin Lambdrove home Fowler with an RBI single to left to cut the deficit to 5-3.
In the bottom of the fifth the Shockers put up two more on a long ball from designated hitter, Johnny Coy over the left field wall. Coy's blast also plated Gillaspie, who drew a two-out walk.
The two-time defending MVC Tournament Champions, refused to go down without a fight. Gerber opened the top of the sixth with his fifth home run of the year over the right-center field wall. Wichita State, however, continued to put runs on the board. The Shockers put up two more in the sixth to make it a 9-4 game entering the top of the seventh.
Wichita State's AJ Ladwig earned the win (5-5), holding Creighton to four runs on 10 hits in a complete game. The Bluejays' Groth fell to 2-2, allowing three run on five hits in one-third of an inning.
Offensively the Jays were led by Fowler's 2-for-4 day with two runs scored and an RBI.
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