Creighton completed the three-game sweep over Evansville, a 15-5 run-ruled game with four Bluejay home runs and a complete game by Brandon Koenigstein. Wichita State won the road series over league-leading Illinois State with a 5-1 victory on Sunday, while Missouri State avoided the sweep by Indiana State, topping the Sycamores 5-3.
In non-conference action, Southern Illinois completed the three-game sweep over visiting SIU Edwardsville, taking the final game, 8-3.
CREIGHTON 15, EVANSVILLE 5 (7 Innings)
CU (22-17, 9-9 MVC); UE (23-20, 5-7 MVC)
OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton blew open a tie game with a combined 10 runs in the sixth and seventh innings, as Trever Adams hit two home runs, leading the Jays to a 15-5 victory and series sweep Sunday afternoon at the CU Sports Complex.
Adams went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI to lead five different Bluejays with two hits. Alex Staehely also hit a three-run homer and T.J. Roemmich added his sixth homer of the year as well.
Brandon Koenigstein threw his first complete game of the season, going all seven innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits, while striking out a season-high six.
Home runs accounted for the first seven runs of the game, as the Jays got out to a 5-0 lead after three frames. Staehely staked Creighton (22-17, 9-9 MVC) to a 3-0 lead in the second, as he blasted a three-run shot to left, his third of the season. Adams and Roemmich went back-to-back in the third, with Adams going to left and Roemmich going to right for a 5-0 lead.
Evansville (23-20, 5-7 MVC) stormed back to tie the game with five unanswered runs. Nate Smith hit a towering, two-run shot to center in the fourth to make it a 5-2 game.
The Purple Aces plated two more runs in the fifth on a two-out throwing error by Jimmy Swift. Cody Fick and Alex Acheson came around to score, as Swift's throw on a Trentt Copeland chopper short-hopped Ian Dike at first and bounded down the right field line.
Tom Heithoff tied the game for Evansville in the sixth as he launched a solo shot to deep center to make it 5-5. From that point on it was all Creighton.
The Jays responded with six runs in the bottom of the sixth, sending 12 men to the plate. The Jays plated the first run on a bunt double by Elliot Soto. The 10-foot two-bagger scored Scott Thornburg from third, moved Joey Bowens to third from first, and put Soto on second after pitcher Zach Taylor and catcher Chris Pearson collided making a play on the ball.
After Jimmy Swift singled home Bowens, Adams launched his second home run of the game on a line-drive to right, making it 10-5 Jays. Dike singled in the last run of the inning, bringing home Carson Vitale after a double.
The Jays ended the game with the 10-run rule, posting four runs in the seventh. A Soto triple, a Swift double and a walk-off, two-run double from Dike sealed the 15-5 victory for the Jays.
Zach Taylor (1-1) took the loss in relief for Evansville. He allowed six runs, all earned, on seven hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Fick went 3-for-4 to lead the Evansville offense and Smith's two RBI led the team.
Every Creighton starter scored at least one run, and every starter, save for Bowens, had a hit. Soto, Swift, Adams, Roemmich and Dike all had two hits, with Dike adding three RBI.
WICHITA STATE 5, ILLINOIS STATE 1
WSU (29-16, 10-5 MVC); ILS (21-18, 9-3 MVC)
NORMAL, Ill. - Wichita State won a road series at first-place Illinois State with a 5-1 victory in game three of the series.
Preston Springer went 2-for-4, while Kevin Hall had two RBI. Starter Tim Kelley earned the win. He pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out a season-high eight. Logan Hoch earned his third save of the season and pitched the final two innings and allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts.
The Redbirds got on the board first in the third inning. After a walk and a single to lead off the inning, Chad Hinshaw sacrificed the runners into scoring position and Matt Mirabal hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give ILS a 1-0 lead.
The Shockers finally got on the board in the seventh inning. Ryan Jones led off the inning with a walk and scored on a double to left field by Bret Bascue to tie the score at one. Bascue came around to score on a single from pinch hitter Chris O'Brien and a two-out single to left field by Cody Lassley scored pinch runner Nate Goro to give the Shocks a 3-1 lead.
WSU tacked on two more runs in the ninth. Walker Davidson reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout and advanced to second on a single by Preston Springer. A Redbird error loaded the bases and Kevin Hall doubled down the left field line to drive in Davidson and Springer to give WSU a 5-1 advantage.
MISSOURI STATE 5, INDIANA STATE 3
MSU (18-24, 4-8 MVC); INS (29-13, 8-6 MVC)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Missouri State's Aaron Meade allowed no earned runs over eight innings against the Missouri Valley Conference's top offense as the Bears defeated Indiana State by a 5-3 final Sunday afternoon at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Ind.
Meade (2-3) retired the first nine hitters he saw and faced one over the minimum through seven frames before the Sycamores (29-13, 8-6 MVC) managed to advance a runner to second base in the eighth. ISU's second out of the eighth put runners on second and third before Ben Ferrell lifted a fly ball to right that Christian Overstreet circled under and lost in the sun as the ball hit his glove on the way down to let two runs score and make the score 5-2 in favor of the Bears (18-24, 4-8).
Meade finished eight innings with three singles allowed, two walks and a strikeout.
Grant Gordon pitched through a shaky ninth, striking out the side and giving up a run on three singles for his seventh save.
The Bears took command early with three runs in the third. J.C. Casey drew a leadoff walk and scored on Aaron Conway's one-out triple for MSU's first lead of the series. Keenen Maddox drove in Conway with a single and Overstreet grounded out with the bases loaded for a 3-0 advantage.
Travis McComack had an RBI ground out in the sixth to score Curt Courtwright after a leadoff single, and the Bears made the score 5-0 in the seventh when Overstreet laid down a successful squeeze, allowing Kevin Medrano to score when he slid around the tag at home. Medrano extended his hitting streak to 24 games with his leadoff single in the seventh, tying for the second longest in school history. Brayden Drake holds the record at 30 from 2008-09.
Other Sunday Non-Conference Scores Around the Valley:
Southern Illinois 8, SIU Edwardsville 5
Bradley vs. Saint Xavier, 6 PM