Baseball Completes Sweep of Evansville with 15-5 Win
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 for Evansville 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 Jays.
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.