Knight's Walk-Off Double Gives Jays 3-2 Win Over Seattle
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 over Seattle, 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.
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 7:07 p.m.
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 innings.