Brandon Koenigstein earned the victory, throwing a hitless,
scoreless final two innings for his second win (2-0) of the season.
UIC came back from an early deficit by pushing across the
tying run in the ninth. John Rosinski laced a one-out triple to left-center off
Jack VanLeur, and scored on a Ryan Meehan sac fly to center to knot the game at
The Jays batted all nine men in the 11th, posting
three runs for the final margin. With Ian Dike on third and Zane Hinkel on
first, Robbie Knight's single to right scored Dike for the winning run.
A Soto pop-out shallow left was lost in the lights, falling
for a single and scoring Hinkel. The last Creighton run came on a Vitale
infield single with the bases loaded for the final three-run margin.
Michael Heesch suffered the loss for UIC, falling to 1-3
after throwing 6.1 innings of relief, striking out nine but allowing five
Steve McGuiggan, Chris Rutta, Nathan Orf and Joe Betcher
accounted for the four UIC home runs.
The two squads traded three-spots in the third with two home
runs apiece. Staehely blasted his first home run to put the Jays up 1-0, and
after a Knight HBP, Soto launched a Rafael Garcia over the 403 sign in center
for a 3-0 Creighton lead.
UIC answered in the bottom half as McGuiggan belted a one-out
solo shot, and Orf hit a two run shot to left to knot the game at three.
Creighton hit its first of two, back-to-back shots in the fourth
to retake the lead. Vitale homered to left-center and Swift went opposite
field, his second consecutive game with a homer, down the right field line for
a 5-3 Creighton lead.
The Jays put up their second straight inning with
back-to-back shots in the fifth. Adams'
two-run bomb over the Flames sign in right-center, and Roemmich's slicing shot
to left-center put the Jays up 8-2.
The Flames started to chip away with three unanswered runs;
starting with two in their half of the fifth. After a Jason Ganek double, Rutta
hit, you guessed it, another home run to cut the lead to 8-5.
Betcher got in on the action in the sixth, hitting a bomb
over the scoreboard in left to make it 8-6.
Creighton tried to pull away by getting two of the three
back in the seventh. After a one-out Adams
single, Roemmich blasted his second home run of the day to make it 10-6.
The first non-home run tallies finally came in the bottom of
the seventh. Ryan Meehan doubled with two-out to score Matt Serna all the way
from first. After a Betcher walk, Andy Leonard doubled both of them in to cut
the deficit to one, setting up the Flame comeback in the ninth, and the 11th
inning Creighton rally.
CU and UIC are set to tangle tomorrow back at Les Miller
Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
NOTES: Knight made the first start of his career at designated hitter. Friday's game was the 187th game of his career ... According to Creighton records, this is the first game in team history to be played in Chicago ... The win brought CU's records against UIC and the Horizon League to 7-1 and 22-2 respectively ... Knight has now reached in 22 straight, and 55 of the last 56 games ... Staehely's home run was also the first extra-base hit of his career ... The two home runs were the first time this season the Jays have hit multiple home runs in one inning. The last multi-homer inning was at South Dakota State on April 28, 2009. The players to go deep were Knight at Vicente Cafaro ... The last back-to-back homers were by Cafaro and Roemmich against South Dakota State in the March 15, 2009 meeting ... Most combined home runs since 1999 was in that year, on April 10 against Southern Illinois when the Jays (7) and the Salukis (2) combined for nine ... Knight's HBP in the third inning moved him into a tie for 5th on the NCAA's all-time list with 76 ... The last time CU had four or more home runs in the first three innings was March 11, 2006 at Tennessee Tech ... The last time a second baseman and shortstop homered in the same game for Creighton was May 8 2005, against Northern Iowa (Tony Roth and Brad Dutton) ...