Friday Baseball Recaps (Apr. 23)
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday was a good day for road teams in Missouri Valley Conference baseball action, as all three visiting squads came away with victories.  Bradley snapped Evansville's season-best six-game winning streak with two runs in the top of the ninth to outscore the Purple Aces, 7-6.  Indiana State produced 12 runs in the second inning at SIU, holding on to top the Salukis, 14-4.  Creighton scored in four of its last five innings to pull away from Missouri State, 8-2. 

In the lone non-conference game of the night, Wichita State held on to top visiting San Jose State, 3-2.

BU (12-21, 5-8 MVC); UE (21-17, 3-4 MVC)

Sophomore third baseman Rob Elliott delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth to tie the score at 6-6, and junior outfielder Brian Martin followed with an RBI double as Bradley (12-21, 5-8 MVC) edged Evansville (21-17, 3-4 MVC) 7-6 in Missouri Valley Conference action Friday night at Braun Stadium.

Evansville's Greg Wallace belted a solo homerun in the bottom of the first to put the Purple Aces on top 1-0, but Bradley answered with two runs on three hits in the second to take a 2-1 edge. After a one-out single by freshman outfielder Mike Tauchman, senior first baseman Mike McMillan ripped a triple to right field to tie the score at 1-1. Freshman outfielder Bob Schuch followed with an RBI groundout to give the Braves a one-run lead.

Senior second baseman Matt Fritz broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth with a one-out RBI single and Elliott followed with a two-run blast down the left field line to put the Braves ahead 5-2. The homerun was Elliott's first of the season.

Evansville regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh with four runs on five hits, including a two-run homer by Ryan Oesterle, to make the score 6-5. The Purple Aces had a chance for an extra run in the inning after a single by Cody Fick, but Tauchman threw out Wallace trying to score from second to keep it a one-run game.

In the top of the ninth, Schuch drew a leadoff walk and was lifted for freshman pinch runner Christian Segar. A sacrifice bunt by freshman shortstop Jason Leblebijian moved Segar into scoring position, but Evansville reliever Tom Heithoff got Fritz to fly out to left for the second out of the inning. After working a full count, Elliott ripped a single up the middle that scored Segar to tie the score at 6-6.

Not only did Elliott tie the game, but he also took second when Wallace threw home trying to catch Segar at the plate. Martin gave the Braves the lead for good with a perfectly placed double down the right field line and junior right-hander Patrick Cooper pitched a perfect bottom half to preserve the victory, 7-6.

Elliott finished 2-for-3 with three RBI's, while Cooper (2-3) earned his second win of the season with 3.0 inning of scoreless relief work.

Bradley and Evansville will continue their three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m.

INS (25-11, 6-4 MVC); SIU (17-22, 5-8 MVC)

The Indiana State University baseball team broke out of a hitting slump on Friday afternoon, opening a series on the road at Southern Illinois University with a 14-4 win in seven innings at Abe Martin Field in front of 105 fans.

Southern Illinois (17-22, 5-8 MVC) took an early lead on Friday afternoon, tallying three hits and one run in the bottom of the first inning, with the Salukis scoring on an RBI single off the bat of first baseman Chris Serritella.

The lead would not last long, however, as Indiana State (25-11, 6-4 MVC) responded with 13 hits and 12 runs in the top of the second inning to take a 12-1 lead. Senior Luke Fieser was the only Sycamore who did not bat twice in the inning, with all nine ISU hitters picking up at least one hit and one run scored in the inning. Fieser was also the only Sycamore to record an extra-base hit in the inning, when he drove a double off the left-center field wall.

Senior Ryan Strausborger, freshman Robby Ort and junior Levi Ferguson all picked up two hits in the top of the second inning, with Ferguson nearly doubling his season total for RBIs in the second inning alone. Ferguson entered the game with five RBIs this year, but picked up four in the top of the second for ISU on a pair of singles.

The Sycamores and Salukis would both score single runs in the third and fifth inning, pushing the score to 14-3 after five innings. Fieser scored in the third from third base when freshman Jeremy Lucas grounded into a double play, while Strausborger scored in the fifth on a single to center field by sophomore Kyle Burnam.

Strausborger was able to continue both of his consecutive game streaks on Friday against SIU, extending his hitting streak to 21 games with a single in the second inning and his stolen base streak to 13 straight with a steal in the fifth.

Junior Jacob Petricka (6-4) tossed six innings on Friday, striking out nine Saluki batters while allowing four runs (three earned) and scattering nine hits en route to picking up the victory. Sophomore Brandon Flora struck out one batter and forced a game-ending double play in the seventh.

At the plate, Ort picked up four hits in his first four plate appearances to go along with a pair of RBIs. Ferguson led the team with four RBIs, while Strausborger and Burnam tallied two each.

The Sycamores and Salukis are scheduled to play the second game of their series at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow at Abe Martin Field, with senior left-handed pitcher Joe Rodriguez (4-1, 4.88 ERA) heading to the mound against SIU's Nathan Forer (1-2, 1.23 ERA).

CU (18-13, 6-7 MVC); MSU (15-21, 1-6 MVC)

Creighton scored in four of the last five innings to pull away from a mistake-prone Missouri State squad in an 8-2 victory at Hammons Field Friday night.

Trever Adams led the way with three hits, while T.J. Roemmich added a home run. Alex Staehely had two RBI and Carson Vitale also posted two hits.

Jonas Dufek earned his sixth win of the season, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out four.

The Jays (18-13, 6-7 MVC) used three Bear (15-21, 1-6 MVC) miscues in the first inning to take an early lead. With Adams on first, a catcher's interference, a balk and a passed ball led to the game's first run.

The game stayed close until the fifth, when the Jays started to pull away. Vitale led off with an infield single that was thrown away by shortstop Travis McComack. A sac bunt and a single by Staehely made it 2-0 Jays. After Staehely stole second, Elliot Soto brought him around to extend the lead to three.

Another Bear error led to a 4-0 CU lead. Vitale hit into what looked to be an inning-ending double play, but second baseman Kevin Medrano's throw short-hopped the first baseman, bounded into the dugout and scored Scott Thornburg to score from second.

Curt Courtwright answered for the Bears in the bottom of the sixth with his second home run of the season, making it a 4-1 game. It was the lone highlight for the Bears, as the Jays pulled away with three runs in the seventh.

The Jays rallied with two outs in the frame, as Jimmy Swift walked, stole second and scored on an Adams single to right. Roemmich then hammered the first pitch he saw into the bullpen in left to make it a 7-1 game.

The Jays would tack on another run in the eight with an RBI fielder's choice from Staehely, and MSU would go on to put up a run in the eighth on a Tyler Bean pinch-hit, RBI single for the final 8-2 margin.

Mike Kickham took the loss for the Bears, falling to 4-5 after giving up seven runs, five earned, on eight hits in seven innings. MSU was also plagued by a lack of timely hitting, leaving nine men on base in the final four innings.

Creighton and Missouri State will play game two of their series at 2 p.m. back at Hammons Field on Saturday.

Other Friday Non-Conference Scores from Around the Valley:
Wichita State 3, San Jose State 2