No. 30 Wichita State took the rubber game in the three-game series at Evansville, handing head coach Gene Stephenson his 1,700th career victory. He is just the second coach in Division I baseball history to reach that milestone. Creighton stopped Indiana State from completing the series sweep over the Jays, as T.J. Roemmich's walk-off base hit in the bottom of the ninth tallied a 7-6 victory. Southern Illinois took the third and final game over visiting Bradley in a 9-3 decision, while Missouri State belted six home runs in a 15-1 victory over Oral Roberts.
No. 30 WICHTIA STATE 17, EVANSVILLE 2
WSU (17-9, 5-1 MVC); UE (13-15, 3-3 MVC)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Wichita State won the three-game series with Evansville by winning game three 17-2 in seven innings.
With the win, head coach Gene Stephenson collected his 1,700th career victory. He is just the second coach in Division I baseball history to reach that milestone.
Chris O'Brien went 2-for-5 with five RBI and a home run, while Preston Springer went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Reliever Cobey Guy earned the win after starter Charlie Lowell left in the first inning with an injury.
The Shockers opened up the game with a six-run first inning. With one out, Tyler Grimes walked, Preston Springer was hit by a pitch and Cody Lassley singled to left field to drive in Grimes. Bret Bascue then singled to left to load the bases and Ryan Jones was hit by a pitch to drive in another run for a 2-0 lead. Chris O'Brien then hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam, to give WSU a 6-0 lead.
WSU added two more runs in the second inning. After a leadoff walk to Grimes and a fly out by Springer, Lassley tripled to right centerfield to drive in Grimes and Bascue singled to centerfield to score Lassley for an 8-0 lead.
The Shockers increased the lead to 9-0 with a run in the fourth. Jones reached base on a two-out walk, stole second and scored on a single by O'Brien.
The Aces got on the board in the fourth inning. Cody Fick hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 9-1.
WSU continued to pour on the runs with six more in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 17-1 advantage. Travis Bennett hit a three-run home run in the fifth, while Springer had a two-run double in the sixth.
UE tacked on another run in the sixth to make the score 17-2.
The Shockers are next in action on Tue., April 6 at Oklahoma State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
CREIGHTON 7, INDIANA STATE 6
CU (13-8, 3-3 MVC); INS (17-8, 3-3 MVC)
OMAHA, Neb. - T.J. Roemmich made sure there wouldn't be a second straight Indiana State comeback.
His base hit through the right side with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Alex Staehely with the winning run, as the Bluejays (13-8, 3-3 MVC) salvaged game three of their series with Indiana State (17-8, 3-3 MVC) with a 7-6 victory, Sunday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex.
A Staehely double started the Creighton ninth, as an intentional walk and Zane Hinkel sac bunt put two runners in scoring position. Another intentional walk, this one to Trever Adams, set-up Roemmich's game-winner.
Roemmich finished the day with two hits and the walk-off single, to post his third consecutive two-hit ball game. The hit came after a disastrous ninth inning for the Jays, in which the Sycamores scored three runs, courtesy of Ben Ferrell to tie the game.
Trailing 6-3 in the final frame, the Sycamores loaded the bases on Creighton reliever Matt Patterson with a single and two walks. After Jack VanLeur came on to strike out Phil Liniger for the second out, Ferrell laced a double in the right-center gap to clear the bases, and force an extra Bluejay at-bat.
Creighton trailed for much of the game, as Sycamore starter Jason Van Skike held the Jays hitless until the fifth inning.
The Jays finally broke through in the sixth, trailing 3-0. After Staehely walked to start the inning, Zane Hinkel came to the plate for his second at-bat after replacing an injured Robbie Knight. Hinkel blasted a 1-0 pitch beyond the 20-foot wall in left-center for his first career home run, and cutting the State lead to 3-2.
Creighton continued to roll in the seventh, as Carson Vitale and Ian Dike singled to start the inning. Jimmy Swift laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Van Skike sailed the throw over the first baseman's head, scoring Vitale and putting runners on the corners for Clay Cuno.
After a pitching change, Cuno blasted a shot of the base of the center field wall, clearing the bases and putting the Jays up two, at 5-3. Dike would add an insurance run with an RBI double of his own in the eighth, before the ninth inning fireworks.
Ty Blach had the third quality start of the weekend for the Bluejay starting staff, as he went 8.0 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out four.
It was VanLeur, however, who got the win despite allowing Ferrell's hit in the ninth. He moved to 1-2 on the year. Brett Merkley took the loss, his record also standing at 1-2.
Creighton plays a pair of mid-week games as they will travel to Nebraska on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game, and host Kansas on Wednesday for a 6:30 tilt at Rosenblatt Stadium.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 9, BRADLEY 3
SIU (4-14, 4-2 MVC); BU (6-16, 0-6 MVC)
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois baseball team scored nine runs in the first four innings to carry them to a 9-3 win over Bradley on Sunday to complete the series sweep of the Braves at Abe Martin Field.
Left-handed pitcher Randy Hoelscher gave up just two runs in six innings of work, where he did not walk a batter for the second start in a row. He earned his first career victory (1-2) as he led SIU to its first series sweep on the year.
The Salukis have now won five-straight games and their record moves up to an even to 14-14 on the year and 4-2 in Missouri Valley Conference. Bradley falls to 6-16 and 0-6 in the MVC.
SIU's nine runs through the first four innings were more runs than the Dawgs scored in all of the Creighton series one week ago.
Bradley starter Jacob Booden came into the game with the lowest ERA of any starter in the league, but got roughed up by the Salukis right from the get-go. He fell to 3-1 on the year with the loss.
Freshman designated hitter Brock Harding went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and he and drove in two of SIU's nine runs. Catcher Tyler Bullock had three RBIs in a light day of work for him (only played three innings) and Blake Pinnon added three hits and drove in one run.
Saluki center fielder Chris Murphyfinished the day going 2-for-5 and hit his sixth double in the last eight games.
Brave first baseman Phil Kaiser also went a perfect 4-for-4 on the day and Bradley finished the game with 15 hits. Southern Illinois had 17 hits Sunday.
Booden came into the game having only allowed five runs in 27.0 innings pitched, but SIU jumped on him right away and scored seven runs in the first two innings that were all charged to him. He was pulled in the second inning with just one out and two runners on.
Bullock drove in three of those runs with an RBI single to left in the first and a two-RBI single up the middle in the second. Harding accounted for two more of the runs with RBIs in the first and second innings.
Southern Illinois batted around the order in both the first and second innings.
Bradley got one run back in the top of the third when nine-hole hitter David Compitello hit a solo home run that snuck inside the left-field foul pole.
However, Pinnon got the run back in the third with an RBI single that scored Murphy from second. The Salukis had 11 hits through three innings and after scoring yet another run in the fourth, led 9-1.
The Braves added runs in the fifth and seventh to end the game with the final score of 9-3.
SIU's five consecutive wins are the most since the 2008 season.
Other Sunday Non-Conference Scores from Around the Valley:
Missouri State 15, Oral Roberts 1