Friday's MVC games were fueled by a trio of solid pitching performances. Wichita State's Jordan Cooper threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just four singles and tying a career-high 10 strikeouts, in the Shockers 9-0 win over league-leading Illinois State. Indiana State's Jacob Petricka tossed an 11-strikeout, complete game to lead the Sycamores to an 8-1 decision over visiting Missouri State, while Creighton's Jonas Dufek scattered five hits and struck out eight over a season-long 8.0 innings to earn his league-best seventh victory, a 3-2 win over Evansville.
In the lone non-conference game of the day, Southern Illinois turned back visiting SIU Edwardsville, 7-3, as the Salukis have won nine of their last 12 non-conference contests.
WICHITA STATE 9, ILLINOIS STATE 0
WSU (28-15, 9-4 MVC); ILS (20-17, 8-2 MVC)
NORMAL, Ill. - Jordan Cooper extended his scoreless inning streak against Illinois State to 23 as Wichita State won game one over first-place Illinois State 9-0.
Cooper pitched eight innings and allowed just four singles in the game while tying his career-high with 10 strikeouts.
Preston Springer went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a home run, while Cody Lassley and Johnny Coy each added two hits.
Bret Bascue led off the third inning with a double and advanced to third on a flyout from Erik Harbutz. A sacrifice fly by Tyler Grimes scored Bascue to give the Shocks a 1-0 lead.
The Shockers added two more in the fourth off of ILS starter Corey Maines. Cody Lassley doubled with one out and Travis Bennett reached on a fielding error by the first baseman. A single by Johnny Coy drove in Lassley and Bennett scored on a wild pitch to put the Shocks in front 3-0.
The scoring continued for WSU in the fifth inning. Erik Harbutz led off the inning with a home run and with one out Will Baez walked. Preston Springer laced a double into left centerfield to score Baez to increase the lead to 5-0. Lassley and Coy both walked in the inning and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. They both came around to score on a single by Ryan Jones to make the score 7-0.
WSU tacked on another run in the seventh with two outs. Bennett walked and Kevin Hall, who pinch ran for Bennett, stole second and advanced to third on an infield single by Coy. Hall came around to score on a fielding error by the Redbird first baseman to put WSU up 8-0.
The Redbirds threatened in the seventh with two walks and a single to load the bases but Cooper picked off Chad Hinshaw at first base to end the inning.
Cooper again loaded the bases in the eighth, but escaped with a flyout to extend his scoreless inning streak against the Redbirds to 23.
Springer hit his eighth home run of the season to lead off the ninth.
The Shockers and Redbirds play game two of their series at 2 p.m. on Sat., May 1.
INDIANA STATE 8, MISSOURI STATE 1
INS (28-12, 7-5 MVC); MSU (17-23, 3-7 MVC)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University baseball team rode a 132-pitch, 11-strikeout complete game performance from junior starting pitcher Jacob Petricka to top the visiting Missouri State University Bears on Friday night at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium in front of 684 fans.
Petricka picked up his seventh win of the season of Friday night, allowing just six hits and one run over nine innings on the mound. With the win, Petricka pushed his ERA in conference games down to just 1.70 over five starts.
The Sycamores (28-12, 7-5 MVC) gave Petricka plenty of early run support, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Ryan Strausborger led off the game with his team-leading eighth triple of the season by lacing a pitch into the right-center field gap. Strausborger would score the first run of the game when sophomore Kyle Burnam singled when he came up next. Two batters later, freshman Robby Ort hit his team-high fifth home run of the season on an opposite-field hit over the left-center field wall to make the score 3-0 ISU.
Indiana State would tally one more run in the bottom of the next inning, when senior Ben Ferrell hit ISU's 32nd sacrifice fly of the season to score junior Levi Ferguson from third.
ISU continued to add to the lead in the fifth, with senior Grant Grgurich leading off the inning with a bunt single to third base. Grgurich would cross the plate on Ferrell's second RBI of the game, a double into the left-center field gap.
Missouri State (17-23, 3-7 MVC) got their lone run off Petricka in the top of the sixth inning, stringing together a walk and a pair of singles to cut the ISU lead to 5-1.
The Sycamores closed the door in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring three runs with two outs in the inning. Senior Luke Fieser began the rally with a single to right field before being pushed to second when Ort drew a walk. Freshman Jeremy Lucas came to the plate next and sent a ball high above the infield and into the stiff wind blowing on Friday night. The ball continued to get pushed into shallow left field and fell just behind MSU shortstop Travis McComack, allowing both Fieser and Ort to score on the play. Senior Tyler Graham finished off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield to plate Lucas, giving ISU an 8-1 advantage.
Petricka shut down all three Missouri State batters in the top of the ninth for the first complete game this season for an ISU pitcher. The last complete game thrown by a Sycamore came last season on April 26, when senior Joe Rodriguez went seven innings in a 16-5 victory over Oakland City.
Each member of the Indiana State starting lineup picked up a hit on Friday night, with Lucas and Grgurich both tallying two. Ort, Lucas and Ferrell all totaled a pair of RBIs with Ort also scoring twice in the game.
The Sycamores and Bears play the second game of their series on Saturday, with first pitch slated for 2:00 p.m. ISU will send senior south paw Joe Rodriguez (4-1, 5.26 ERA) to the mound against MSU's Pat Doyle (4-6, 3.77 ERA).
CREIGHTON 3, EVANSVILLE 2
CU (20-17, 7-9 MVC); UE (23-18, 5-5 MVC)
OMAHA, Neb. - Turns out staring down the league's home run leader in the eighth inning of a one-run ball game doesn't phaze Jonas Dufek.
Dufek retired Cody Fick with two on and two out in the eighth, and Mark Winkelman struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Oesterle with runners on the corners and two down in the ninth for a 3-2 Creighton victory, Friday evening at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Dufek (7-1) scattered five hits and struck out eight over a season-long 8.0 innings to earn his league-best seventh victory. Winkelman earned his first career save by stranding the two runners with two out in the ninth inning.
The first jam the Jays wriggled out of came in the eighth as Eric Stamets singled and Greg Wallace walked to bring Fick to the plate. Fick laced a ball to center, but Joey Bowens gloved the line drive to get out of the jam.
Dufek went out for the ninth, but was relieved after walking Trentt Copeland to start the inning. Winkelman was called in from the pen, and after a sac bunt, a groundout and a walk, Winkelman got Oesterle to wave at a 3-2 offering to end the game.
Carson Vitale had Creighton's only RBI and Jimmy Swift posted two hits, as the first through fourth hitters in the CU lineup provided all five hits.
Stamets dominated the stat sheet for Evansville, stroking three of the team's five hits, including a two-run home run.
Creighton (20-17, 7-9 MVC) never trailed in the contest, as the squad jumped to a 3-0 lead through five innings on the strength of Evansville (23-18, 5-5 MVC) wild pitches.
CU plated two runs in the third to take the first lead, as a Vitale sacrifice fly plated the first run. A Swift single, a walk to Trever Adams and a sac bunt from clean-up hitter T.J. Roemmich set it all up, as the Jays went ahead 1-0
Adams then moved to third on Keegan Dennis' first wild pitch, then scored on his second to make it a 2-0 Creighton advantage.
The Jays plated another run on a wild pitch to go up 3-0 in the sixth. Roemmich tripled with one out and scored on Dennis' third wild one of the game.
That run turned out to be the difference, as the speedy Stamets, who was ranked fourth in the country in stolen bases coming into the week, his power in the sixth, bringing the Aces within one with his third home run of the year.
Alex Acheson tripled off the base of the center field wall with one out and Stamets responded by depositing a 3-2 Dufek offering two rows deep in the left field bleachers.
Those were the games final runs however, as the Jays shut down the Purple Aces from there.
Dennis (2-3) took the loss for Evansville, as he went 6.2 innings, striking out six, but also walking five.
Creighton and Evansville will head back to campus for game two on Saturday. The Jays and Purple Aces will square off at 2 p.m. at the CU Sports Complex.
Friday Non-Conference Scores Around the Valley:
Southern Illinois 7, SIU Edwardsville 3