Creighton Wins In Extra Innings, Snaps ISU Winning Streak
May 5, 2013
Normal, Ill. - Despite a two-run homer by Brock Stewart which forced extra innings, Creighton scored five-unanswered runs in the 11th frame to beat Illinois State, 9-4, Sunday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field.
The loss snapped an ISU (31-17, 11-4 MVC) program-best 12-game winning streak, as the Bluejays (25-13, 9-6) salvaged one game from the three-game Missouri Valley Conference series. Following the game, a team head-shaving event took place in conjunction with Redbirds Vs. Cancer Day. The Redbirds raised a total of $12,311 to help find a cure for childhood cancers.
Jeremy Rhoades (1-1) was saddled with the loss after pitching a season-high 4.1 innings of relief, with two earned runs allowed. Jake Peter (2-0) earned the victory for Creighton with two earned runs given up through two innings of work.
Creighton wasted no time, scoring with no outs in the first inning. Brad McKewon led off with a triple to left-center field, and scored when the next batter, Federico Castagnini, singled to shallow right, giving the Bluejays an early 1-0 advantage. Illinois State responded in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Chad Hinshaw led off with a single before scoring from third on a base hit through the right side by Kyle Stanton, tying the game, 1-1.
A Michael Blatchford single to left field in the sixth inning scored Alex Staehely, who led off with a double, to regain a one-run Bluejay advantage. However, that lead was short-lived, as Mike Hollenbeck responded with a solo home run over the left-field fence, just under the scoreboard, to tie the game again, 2-2. It marked the first home run this season for Hollenbeck. Creighton regained a two-run advantage with a run in the eighth and the ninth innings.
Trailing, 4-2, in the ninth, Paul DeJong singled to get on base, and Stewart homered to right field to tie the game, forcing the game into extra innings. After a scoreless 10th frame, Creighton plated five runs in the 11th inning to put the game out of reach. Peter singled to drive in a run, Brennan Murphy walked with the bases loaded to force another home, and Tommy Cloutheir drove in three with a double to increase the Bluejay's lead to 9-4.
Reliever Mark Lukowski recorded the final three outs in the bottom of the 11th, as he retired Illinois State in order to secure the game-three victory. The Redbirds still won the series, 2-1.
Illinois State now has just six regular-season game remaining ahead of the Valley Tournament. The Redbirds will play their final regular-season homestand with a three-game set against Evansville beginning Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m.
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