(ISN) – MANHATTAN, Kan. – Behind 13 hits, Creighton Baseball evened its record at 6-6 on the year with a 6-3 win over Kansas State on March 11. The Wildcats fell to 8-8 with the loss.
Kansas State took an early lead in the bottom of the second on a double by Keith Browning and an RBI single from Tyler Wolfe.
Creighton answered in its next trip to the dish as senior David Wiedeman singled, went to second on a passed ball, took third via a sac bunt and scored on a sac fly by sophomore Nicky Lopez.
The Wildcats went back in front with a single run in the bottom of the fifth, but Bluejay reliever Ethan DeCaster struck out Tyler Moore to hold the game at 2-1.
The difference in the game was Creighton’s two-out execution in the sixth inning. After the first two Bluejays in the frame were retired, juniors Reagan Fowler, Brett Murray and Ryan Fitzgerald delivered singles to tie the game at 2-2. After a Wildcat pitching change, Harrison Crawford singled off the glove of Levi Mavorihis to give the Bluejays’ a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Kevin Connolly capped the inning with a two-run triple as Creighton seized a 5-2 edge.
Kansas State attempted to rally in the sixth, scoring a run on two hits and a walk. Creighton sophomore David Gerber, however, slammed the door by getting a double-play to end the threat.
In the Creighton seventh, sophomore Daniel Woodrow laced a one-out triple into left-center and scored on Lopez’s second sac fly of the contest.
Gerber went the rest of the way to earn his first save as a Bluejay, limiting Kansas State to two hits in four innings of work. Freshman Ethan DeCaster picked up the win (1-0), tossing 1/3 of an inning of scoreless relief.
Creighton is back in action on Friday, March 13 as the Bluejays begin at four-game series with Utah Valley at 6:30 pm.