OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton blew open a tie game with
a combined 10 runs in the sixth and seventh innings, as Trever Adams hit two
home runs, leading the Jays to a 15-5 victory and series sweep Sunday
afternoon at the CU Sports Complex.
Adams went 2-for-5 with two home runs and
four RBI to lead five different Bluejays with two hits. Alex Staehely also hit
a three-run homer and T.J. Roemmich added his sixth homer of the year as well.
Brandon Koenigstein threw
his first complete game of the season, going all seven innings, allowing five
runs on 10 hits, while striking out a season-high six.
Home runs accounted for
the first seven runs of the game, as the Jays got out to a 5-0 lead after
three frames. Staehely staked Creighton (22-17, 9-9 MVC) to a 3-0 lead in the second,
as he blasted a three-run shot to left, his third of the season. Adams and
Roemmich went back-to-back in the third, with Adams
going to left and Roemmich going to right for a 5-0 lead.
Evansville (23-20, 5-7 MVC) stormed back to
tie the game with five unanswered runs. Nate Smith hit a towering, two-run shot
to center in the fourth to make it a 5-2 game. The Purple Aces plated two more
runs in the fifth on a two-out throwing error by Jimmy Swift. Cody Fick and
Alex Acheson came around to score, as Swift's throw on a Trentt Copeland
chopper short-hopped Ian Dike at first and bounded down the right field line.
Tom Heithoff tied the game
in the sixth as he launched a solo shot to deep center to make it 5-5. From
that point on it was all Creighton.
The Jays responded with six
runs in the bottom of the sixth, sending 12 men to the plate. The Jays plated
the first run on a bunt double by Elliot Soto. The 10-foot two-bagger scored
Scott Thornburg from third, moved Joey Bowens to third from first, and put Soto
on second after pitcher Zach Taylor and catcher Chris Pearson collided making a
play on the ball.
After Jimmy Swift singled
home Bowens, Adams launched his second home
run of the game on a line-drive to right, making it 10-5 Jays. Dike singled in
the last run of the inning, bringing home Carson Vitale after a double.
The Jays ended the game
with the 10-run rule, posting four runs in the seventh. A Soto triple, a Swift
double and a walk-off, two-run double from Dike sealed the 15-5 victory for the
Zach Taylor (1-1) took the loss in relief for Evansville. He allowed six runs, all earned, on seven hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Fick went 3-for-4 to lead the Evansville offense and Smith's two RBI led the team.
Every Creighton starter scored at least one run, and every starter, save for Bowens, had a hit. Soto, Swift, Adams, Roemmich and Dike all had two hits, with Dike adding three RBI.
Creighton will be off for
finals week, but will be back in action on Friday, May 7 against Wichita State. First pitch from Rosenblatt
Stadium on Friday will be at noon.
NOTES: Adams and Roemmich's back-to-back
home runs were the fourth set for Creighton this season ... CU's two stolen
bases in the second inning were the first time since March 12 the Jays have had
two swipes in an inning ... Koenigstein's complete game was his first since his
no-hitter over Wichita State in the MVC Tournament last season ... Bowens has
been hit by four pitches in his last three games ... Evansville pitchers
uncorked 11 wild pitches this weekend ... The series sweep was the first this
season, and first since May 1-3 of last year at Illinois State ... Vitale went 9-for-18
with two home runs, 11 RBI, six runs and four extra-base hits in five games
this week ... Creighton's 38 home runs as a team this season have surpassed
last year's mark of 37.