Baseball Falls 12-3 to Wichita State in Rubber Match
WICHITA, Kan. - Creighton gave up a season high 12 runs on Sunday, falling 12-3 to the Wichita State Shockers. The Jays (32-12, 10-5) used six different pitchers, but couldn't overcome 10 walks by the staff to the Shockers on the day. Wichita State comes one game closer in the MVC standings, improving to 30-22, 9-6 on the season.
For the third time this series, the Shockers got on the board first, this time putting up two in the bottom of the first. After Creighton stranded lead off batter Chance Ross at third in the top half of the frame, the Shockers picked up a pair on two hits in the bottom of the frame. Tyler Grimes led off the inning with a walk and moved to third thanks to a Chris O'Brien double to left field. O'Brien extended his current-Valley leading hitting streak to 17 games. The pair scored on an infield ground ball followed by a single by designated hitter Preston Springer.
The Jays stranded two more runners in the top of the second inning. With two outs, Scott Thornburg picked up Creighton's first hit of the game, his third of the weekend, with a single through the left side. A walk to Mike Gerber moved Thornburg to second, but an inning-ending strike out stranded both runners on the bases.
WSU added to its lead in the third, taking advantage of four free bases given to them by Bluejay pitchers, two walks by starter Greg Hellhake and two walks by Chase Webb. Hellhake walked Kevin Hall and O'Brien to lead off the frame before head coach Ed Servais made the switch and brought in Webb. Webb walked the first batter he saw before Preston Springer reached on a fielders choice, scoring Hall.
A strikeout followed by another walk loaded the bases for Micah Green, who drove one off Webb's leg, scoring a run. Walker Davidson then picked up his first hit of the day, a single back up the middle that plated Springer and Lambert. Webb finished off the inning striking out leadoff man Tyler Grimes. WSU held a 6-0 lead.
Another ground ball double play retired the Jays in order in the top of the fourth before the Shockers plated four more and took a 10-0 lead, the largest deficit the Jays have faced all season. Three hits (two doubles and a single), along with two walks by Jack VanLeur plated the four runs in the frame for Wichita State.
The Jays got on the board in the top of the fifth inning, stringing together three hits. With one out, Mike Gerber drove a ball off the right center field fence, almost caught by Shocker right fielder Don Lambert. Gerber continued to round the bases, beating the throw home for an inside the park home run. Creighton again stranded a runner, as Gabriel Thibodeaux picked up a pinch hit double and Ross singled through the right side before Judkins grounded into another ground-ball double play.
Reese McGraw made his second appearance of the series, shutting down the Shockers in both the fifth and sixth innings, allowing just one base runner while striking out four. Creighton put two more runs on the board in the top of the sixth. Jimmy Swift picked up his first hit of the game, a single into center field before Adams drove out his 13th home run of the season, sixth in MVC play. The blast drove WSU starter Josh Smith off the mound. Chance Sossamon came in and retired the side in order.
The Jays threatened again in the seventh, loading the bases via a two out error and back-to-back walks. But another inning-ending strikeout left the bases loaded for the Jays.
WSU added two runs in the bottom of the seventh to move their final tally to 12-3.
Creighton will be in action for a mid-week game with Nebraska on Tuesday, May 10. The 7:08 first pitch will be televised by ESPNU from TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Quick Hits: Trever Adams' walk to lead off the fourth inning increased his streak of reaching base to 27 games... Mike Gerber's inside the park home run in the fifth is the first for a Bluejay since Michael Lam vs. Northern Colorado in March of 2008... Trever Adams now is now tied for home runs in a season by a player under Ed Servais, as he drove out his 13th of the year on Sunday. That ties Zach Daeges, who knocked out 13 in 2006... The Shockers had four extra base hits in the game, three doubles and a triple, while the Jays had two - both home runs... Jack VanLeur gave up four earned runs in his outing Sunday, the first four he has allowed in Valley play all season... The Jays suffered their worst loss since the 21-5 loss to Nebraska last May... Sunday's loss was the first time Creighton has lost under Ed Servais entering the May game against the Huskers. They were previously 6-0... Creighton grounded into five ground-ball double plays on the weekend, six double plays total. The Jays came into the game with just 12 double play outs in Valley play... Wichita State now holds a 110-43-1 record against the Jays... While Creighton won their first regular season game in Wichita yesterday, the Jays still have not won a series in Wichita since 2005.