July 29, 2014

Storm Chasers grab extra inning victory

Pedro Ciriaco scored the game-winning run in the tenth inning as Omaha overcame an early deficit to defeat Memphis, 3-2, Thursday night in the last of four meetings at AutoZone Park. The Storm Chasers improved to 54-50 and stayed within two and a half games of front-running Iowa in the American Conference North Division.

Ciriaco led off the tenth against Eric Fornataro with an infield hit and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Paul Janish, his second of the night. Whit Merrifield then hit a slow bouncer to third that Pete Kozma fielded but his throw to first base couldn’t be handled by Xavier Scruggs, allowing Ciriaco to score the decisive run. Casey Coleman then completed his third inning of scoreless relief by getting Shane Robinson to ground into a game-ending double play to earn the win, as the two teams wound up splitting their eight games in Tennessee.

Memphis started the scoring for the third time in the series with a first inning solo home run from Scott Moore and made it 2-0 in the second on a run-scoring single from Ed Easley, as both runs came across with two outs. The Storm Chasers manufactured a run in the third to halve the lead when Ciriaco singled, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Merrifield fly ball and then tied it when Carlos Peguero blasted a lead off long ball in the fourth. [Read more...]

Saltdogs rally to complete series sweep

After squandering a three-run lead in the seventh, the Saltdogs (33-30) bounced back and used lights out relief to beat the Amarillo Sox (20-43) 4-3 and complete the series sweep in front of 3,016 fans at Haymarket Park Thursday night.

Amarillo scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but Lincoln responded quickly by re-taking the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a Brandon Pinckney RBI single to center, after Matt Forgatch walked and stole second.

Conor Spink (4-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief to earn the win. Marshall Schuler struck out the side in the ninth for his 22nd save, and fourth in four games.

Justin Kuks tossed six innings, allowing just one run with six strikeouts but took the no-decision.

Kellen Moen (2-6) allowed a run in one inning out of the Sox bullpen to suffer the loss. [Read more...]

Storm Chasers offense quiet in loss at Memphis

Tyler Lyons worked seven solid innings and received home run support from Xavier Scruggs and Randal Grichuck as Memphis came from behind to beat Omaha, 5-3, Wednesday night in the third of a four-game set at AutoZone Park. The Storm Chasers have dropped two in a row to dip to 53-50 and fall two and a half games behind the Iowa Cubs in the American Conference North Division.

The Storm Chasers got the scoring started in the second inning on a three-run home run by Matt Fields but the Redbirds responded in the bottom half of the frame with a solo shot from Scruggs and a fielder’s choice grounder by Jermaine Curtis that chased home Pete Kozma. The Memphis southpaw then blanked the visitors on three hits over the next five frames to finish his outing, during which he allowed eight hits, walked one and fanned five to earn the victory. Jorge Rondon retired all six batters he faced, three by strikeout, to sew up the hosts 13th win in their last 18 games. [Read more...]

Saltdogs win third straight

Ian Gac homered for the third straight game, Marquis Fleming won his third straight start and Marshall Schuler booked his third straight save as the Saltdogs (32-30) topped the Amarillo Sox (20-32) 6-4 in front of 3,124 fans at Haymarket Park Wednesday night.

Amarillo scored four runs in the top of the fifth, including three with two out, to take a 4-1 lead.

Lincoln quickly responded with five runs of their own in the fifth, using a Brian Joynt two-run single and a Gac three-run bomb to center, his 15th.

Trey Barham and Jhonny Montoya pitched two scoreless innings of middle relief to bridge the victorious Fleming (7-3) to closer Schuler, who now has 21 saves.

Matt Larkins (5-4) tossed five innings, allowing six runs on nine hits to suffer the loss.

Chad Mozingo belted a solo homer in the third, his fourth, to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead.

The Saltdogs have now won three straight and are two games above .500 for the first time this season. [Read more...]

Creighton guard Chatman undergoes surgery on thumb

Rising Creighton men’s basketball senior Austin Chatman will undergo surgery later today as doctors reattach the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb. Chatman’s activity will be limited to some conditioning and drills while wearing a cast, which is expected to be needed for two months.

Despite the minor setback, Chatman is expected to be back well before the Bluejays open the 2014-15 regular-season on Nov. 14 with a game against Central Arkansas.

Creighton’s lone returning starter, Chatman is also the program’s leading returner in scoring (8.1 ppg.) and assists (4.4 apg.) per game. He has started 71 straight games and ranks 10th in school history with 372 career assists. His assist total is third-most in CU history after a player’s junior year, trailing only Ryan Sears and former teammate Grant Gibbs.

Chatman played his best ball down the stretch in 2013-14, scoring in double-figures in six of CU’s final seven games and earning a spot on the BIG EAST Conference All-Tournament Team last March.

Under the guidance of coach Greg McDermott, Creighton went 27-8 last season while reaching the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season.