After trailing 5-0 after four innings, Creighton fought back to tie the score at 6-6, and force extra innings, but Kansas scored in the 10th inning on a sacrifice fly to win 7-6 win Tuesday night at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Kansas took an early 3-0 lead as Jason Brunansky took a Kirk Clark fastball out to left-center for his second home run of the year.
KU extended its lead in the third as Jimmy Waters hit a bloop single just over the head of Elliot Soto, that scored Brian Heere.
The Jayhawks started a two-out rally in the fifth when David Nardowski doubled to left center. Robby Price was then hit by a pitch and Heere singled to right, scoring Nardowski and making it 5-0.
The Jays got a bit of a rally in the fourth as Vicente Cafaro was hit by a pitch. T.J. Roemmich then reached on a catcher’s interference putting runners on first and second with one out. Jimmy Swift then lined to third and Cafaro advanced to third as KU third baseman Tony Thompson threw the ball away, trying to double off Roemmich at first. Carson Vitale followed with a single to center, scoring Cafaro and making it 5-1.
In the bottom of the seventh Swift led off the inning with a double to right. After Vitale flew out to center and Ian Dike grounded to second Nick Becker hit a ground ball to first that pitcher Colton Murray couldn’t receive cleanly, allowing Becker to reach first and Swift to score. Robbie Knight then reached on an error before Soto had an infield single to load the bases. Becker scored on a passed ball. Ruf then walked to reload the bases and Cafaro was hit by a pitch bringing in Knight, making it just a 5-4 game after seven.
Kansas got an insurance run in the top of the eighth as Casey Lytle singled to center before advancing to second on a Bob Lackovic wild pitch. Zac Elgie then singled to left bringing home Lytle, pushing the lead back to 6-4.
The Bluejays cut it to a one-run game in the bottom of the inning when Becker singled to center, plating Swift from second who led off the frame with a walk. Becker then advanced to second on a wild pitch and Knight walked, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Soto then singled to center bringing home Becker. Ruf walked to load the bases before Cafaro struck out ending the inning, and making it 6-6 after eight.
Robby Price led off the KU ninth with a triple to right. Jack VanLeur then got Heere to ground out to first, struck out leading Jayhawk hitter Tony Thompson and induced a groundball to second base from Waters to get out of the inning without a run coming across.
In the top of the 10th, Lytle reached on an error to lead off the inning. Brunansky singled to right putting runners at first and third with one out. After a walk to Narodowski loaded the bases, Price lifted a sacrifice fly to left, giving Kansas the 7-6 advantage.
Creighton will return to the diamond Wednesday, as it plays a doubleheader against Air Force, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at Rosenblatt Stadium.
story courtesy of CU athletics.