OMAHA, Neb. - Robbie Knight posted a two-run,
walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Jays a 3-2 win
Sunday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex.
Knight, in just his second
game back from an injury, had a hand in all three Creighton runs, going 3-for-5
with a run and two RBI. Joey Bowens also had two hits, adding a double and
stolen base to the Bluejay effort.
Creighton (24-21) was
facing a game and series loss to Seattle
(9-36), as they trailed the Redhawks heading into the ninth inning. After
Redhawk closer Brian Dalton retired the first CU batter, Alex Staehely walked
and Joey Bowens came up with a double to put runners on second third for
Knight's double was laced
off the left field wall, as a perfect carom and relay from Seattle came in just
behind a sliding Bowens at the plate for the game's winning run.
The hit also saved Brandon Koenigstein from a loss following a masterful pitching performance. Koenigstein
threw seven scoreless innings after allowing a first inning home run, striking
out three and surrendering just six hits.
Jack VanLeur (3-4) earned
the win, pitching the ninth inning for CU. Dalton (1-3) took the loss for Seattle after taking over
for starter Max Whieldon in the seventh. Whieldon also had a superb start,
going 6.2 innings, striking out six and allowing just five Creighton hits.
Nearly all the damage was
done in the first inning, as Seattle
took the early lead on Josh Kalalau's fourth home run of the season. His blast
was a two-run shot that barely snuck over the left field wall to give Seattle the 2-0 lead.
Creighton came back with a
run in the bottom of the inning, as Knight singled and Elliot Soto walked to
start the inning. After Whieldon balked, he struck out the next two batters to
nearly wriggle out of the jam, but a wild pitch scored Knight for the first
Creighton run and last run of the game until CU's rally in the ninth.
Kalalau finished 2-for-4
with the home run to pace Seattle,
while Bryndon Ecklund finished with two hits from the second spot in the order.
All other Seattle
hitters went a combined 3-for-23 on the day against Creighton pitching.
Creighton will be in action
on Tuesday for its third and final game against Nebraska. The Jays will be going for their
first three-game sweep of Nebraska
in school history. First pitch from Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday will be at
NOTES: The Creighton bullpen pitched nine
innings of scoreless baseball this weekend ... The walk-off win was the Jays
second this year, with the first coming against Sam Houston State on March 5
... Creighton has had eight games decided in the final at-bat this season,
going 4-4 ... It was the Jays second win of the season when trailing after eight