Jayhawks Leave Town With 5-4 Win Over Baseball
OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton threw everybody short of the trainers and bat boys at Kansas on Wednesday evening.
It wasn't enough to stop All-American Tony Thompson, however.
Thompson atoned for a seventh inning error by stroking a game-winning double in the ninth to lead Kansas (19-10-1) to a 5-4 victory over Creighton (14-9) at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Thompson and Jimmy Waters both had two RBI to pace Kansas, while Alex Staehely recorded a 2-for-4 evening for the Jays, who haven't beat KU since 2000.
The Jays used 22 different players in the game, but missed out on just as many opportunities, going 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
Creighton was re-energized in the seventh, tying the game with three runs courtesy of three Kansas errors.
Carson Vitale reached on a throwing error by Thompson to start the inning followed by another throwing error by shortstop Brandon Macias two batters later to cut the Kansas lead to 4-2.
Staehely followed Soto with the lone Bluejay hit with runners in scoring position, as he belted a triple to left. After an Adams 'K' for the second out, T.J. Roemmich's hard groundball was booted by first baseman Zac Elgie to plate the tying run.
That was as close as Creighton would come, as Robby Price started the ninth with a one-out double. A Brian Heere single put Price on third, and Thompson followed with his game-winner
Tanner Poppe (2-2) earned the win for KU, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings. Jack VanLeur gave up the KU run in the ninth to fall to 1-3, while Colton Murray picked up his second save of 2010.
The Jayhawks scored the first two runs of the game with single runs in the third and fourth. Thompson seared a two-out single in the third for the first Creighton run, and Jake Marasco came in on an Elgie double play in the fourth.
Creighton did not commit an error as several fine defensive plays kept the game close.
Waters' two-out triple gave the Jayhawks some breathing room in the seventh. A walk to Heere and a hit batsman to Thompson set-up the three-bagger to the right-center gap to make it a 4-1 KU lead before Creighton came back to tie it.
Creighton will jump back into Valley play this weekend with a series against Illinois State. The Friday-Saturday-Sunday series is slated for 4 p.m., 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. starts at the CU Sports Complex.
NOTES: Creighton has now dropped four straight to the Jayhawks ... Austin Cole made his first career appearance in a Creighton uniform in the fourth inning ... Staehely's triple in the seventh was the first of his career ... Staehely extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games; the longest by a CU freshman since Dave Schultz in 2003.