May 5, 2007
By Jeff Honza
OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton University (31-12, 13-4) broke through with three runs in the seventh inning to beat Southern Illinois (29-17, 9-8), 5-2, earlier today in Missouri Valley Conference action at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The game was tied 2-2 when SIU starting right-hander Cody Adams suddenly struggled to find his out pitch.
"Cody didn't have his best stuff today," said Saluki head coach Dan Callahan. "He simply got himself into trouble and Creighton capitalized."
Adams was ahead of hitters several times in the seventh, but couldn't put the Bluejay hitters away.
Chad Ogden singled on a 0-2 pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Nine-hole hitter Michael Lam fell behind 1-2 in the count before ripping a double down the left field line to score Ogden.
Adams threw a wild pitch and plunked Robbie Knight on a 1-2 count to give the Jays runners at the corners with one out.
Ross Sinclair then grounded out to second on a 0-2 offering, and Lam scored. Chris Gradoville's two-out single on another 0-2 pitch from Adams scored Knight, giving CU a 5-2 lead.
SIU trailed, 2-0, after CU scored in each of the first and fifth innings.
The Salukis plated two runs on four hits to tie the game in the sixth.
Bret Maugeri reached on a leadoff single to center and later scored when Scott Elmendorf hit into a fielder's choice. Elmendorf, who went to second with the help of an error, scored on a two-out single by Adam Hills to knot the game at 2-2.
SIU, however, wasted its chances down the stretch, stranding two baserunners in the sixth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Zak Moore (4-1) picked up the win after allowing six hits and two runs in seven innings. Moore also struck out four and retired 11 in a row between the second and fifth.
CU closer Andy Masten earned his league-leading 12th save after tossing a perfect ninth.
Pitchers from both teams combined to hit seven batsmen in the game, as well.
Offensively, SIU had six hits, with Kevin Koski going 2-for-3 to pave the way.
Gradoville and Lam combined for four of CU's seven hits.
The Salukis and Bluejays shift their series finale to the CU Sports Complex Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m., CST. Senior right-hander Jordan Powell (5-6) will start on the mound.