Baseball Muscles Up To Top #25 Kansas State

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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.

Kansas 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.

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