MANHATTAN, Kan. - Carson Vitale punctuated a four-run eighth inning for Creighton, as his two-run home
run led the Bluejays to a 7-4 victory over #25 Kansas State, Tuesday evening at
Tointon Family Stadium
Vitale finished the game 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. In
three career games against Kansas
State he is hitting .625
(5-for-8) with two home runs and three RBI.
The eighth inning came with Creighton clinging to a 3-2
lead. With one out, Elliot Soto singled and scored on Trever Adams double to
the right field corner.
On the next pitch, T.J. Roemmich singled to score Adams. After a pitching change, Vitale's bomb to left
gave the Jays their sixth and seventh runs.
Mark Winkelman was one of seven CU pitchers to throw, as he
earned his second victory (2-0) of the season with a perfect sixth inning.
Jimmy Swift also homered for CU, finishing 2-for-2 with two runs,
a double and an RBI. Roemmich was the other Jay with multiple tallies in the
hit column, posting two hits and two RBI.
Nick Martini was the only KSU player with multiple hits,
going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run.
The Jays got out to an early one-run lead with via Roemmich's
double. His two-out shot down the left field line scored Robbie Knight for the
1-0 CU lead.
State (13-3) posted a
two-spot in the fourth to take a short-lived lead. Martini led off with a double
that fell short of the track in left center, and scored on Mike Kindel's triple
to the right field corner. Kindel came around on a bloop single to center by
Blair DeBord for the second Wildcat run.
Alex Staehely and Swift teamed to knot the game at two in
the next inning. Swift doubled off the base of the right field wall, and Staehely
singled up the middle for his third RBI of the season.
The Jays regained the lead in the seventh, courtesy of
Swift. The junior's opposite field shot to right just cleared the 15-foot fence
for a lead the Jays would hold.
A lead-off walk to DeBord and a sac bunt put the tying run
in scoring position for KSU in the seventh. Matt Patterson was one strike from
getting out of the inning, but hit nine-hole hitter Jake Brown to put men on
first and second. Patterson got out of the jam, getting Adam Muenster to foul
out to Swift.
The Wildcats posted a run on a Daniel Dallasega groundout in
the eighth and a Carter Jurica sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Creighton will travel to Chicago this weekend for a three-game set
with Illinois-Chicago. Friday's contest will start at 4:00 p.m, with Saturday
and Sunday starts at 1:00 p.m.
NOTES: The Bluejays
moved to 14-33-1 against KSU in Manhattan ... Creighton's record against ranked
teams under Ed Servais improved to 17-25 ... The last Bluejay win over a non-MVC
ranked team came on March 2, 2007 against #25 Missouri ... The win Tuesday broke
a streak of eight losses against ranked opponents ... Knight moved into sole
possession of sixth place on the NCAA's all-time HBP list with a first inning
plunking ... Staehely posted his first career stolen base in the fifth, swiping
second with two out ... Knight's 14-game hitting streak ended after he was
removed in the fifth ... Both teams were issued a warning by home plate umpire
Randy Wetzel after Jake Doller hit Swift two pitches after Vitale's home run ... Jack VanLeur walked his first batter of the season (14.0 IP) with a two-out, free
pass in the eight ... His scoreless streak ended at 15.0 innings with the K-State
run in the ninth.