Roemmich Walks Bluejays Off For 7-6 Win Over Indiana State
OMAHA, Neb. - T.J. Roemmich made sure there wouldn't be a second straight Indiana State comeback.
His base hit through the right side with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Alex Staehely with the winning run, as the Bluejays (13-8, 3-3 MVC) salvaged game three of their series with Indiana State (17-8, 3-3 MVC) with a 7-6 victory, Sunday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex.
A Staehely double started the Creighton ninth, as an intentional walk and Zane Hinkel sac bunt put two runners in scoring position. Another intentional walk, this one to Trever Adams, set-up Roemmich's game-winner.
Roemmich finished the day with two hits and the walk-off single, to post his third consecutive two-hit ball game. The hit came after a disastrous ninth inning for the Jays, in which the Sycamores scored three runs, courtesy of Ben Ferrell to tie the game.
Trailing 6-3 in the final frame, the Sycamores loaded the bases on Creighton reliever Matt Patterson with a single and two walks. After Jack VanLeur came on to strike out Phil Liniger for the second out, Ferrell laced a double in the right-center gap to clear the bases, and force an extra Bluejay at-bat.
Creighton trailed for much of the game, as Sycamore starter Jason Van Skike held the Jays hitless until the fifth inning.
The Jays finally broke through in the sixth, trailing 3-0. After Staehely walked to start the inning, Hinkel came to the plate for his second at-bat after replacing an injured Robbie Knight. Hinkel blasted a 1-0 pitch beyond the 20-foot wall in left-center for his first career home run, and cutting the State lead to 3-2.
Creighton continued to roll in the seventh, as Carson Vitale and Ian Dike singled to start the inning. Jimmy Swift laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Van Skike sailed the throw over the first baseman's head, scoring Vitale and putting runners on the corners for Clay Cuno.
After a pitching change, Cuno blasted a shot of the base of the center field wall, clearing the bases and putting the Jays up two, at 5-3. Dike would add an insurance run with an RBI double of his own in the eighth, before the ninth inning fireworks.
Ty Blach had the third quality start of the weekend for the Bluejay starting staff, as he went 8.0 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out four.
It was VanLeur, however, who got the win despite allowing Ferrell's hit in the ninth. He moved to 1-2 on the year. Brett Merkley took the loss, his record also standing at 1-2.
Creighton plays a pair of mid-week games as they will travel to Nebraska on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game, and host Kansas on Wednesday for a 6:30 tilt at Rosenblatt Stadium.
NOTES: Roemmich now has four straight games with two hits, including eight of his last nine ... Staehely extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his ninth-inning double, tying Knight for the longest CU streak of the season ... Creighton is 5-4 in one-run games, and have now had four games decided in their final at-bat ... Cuno's double in the seventh ended an 0-for-11 skid, and marked his first hit since March 7 at Sam Houston State.