WICHITA, Kan. - Creighton used a five-run fifth inning to take a lead they never relinquished in a 7-5 win against Wichita State Saturday in a Missouri Valley Conference baseball game at Eck Stadium.
Left fielder Micah Green led the Shockers with two RBI and hit 2-for-3 for the Shockers, who scored three of their runs in the first four innings.
Wichita State fell to 8-6 in conference play and 29-22 overall. League-leader Creighton improved to 32-11 overall and 10-4 in the Valley.
Chris O'Brien and Johnny Coy also recorded two hits for Wichita State in the second game of a three-game series with Creighton. Starting pitcher Brian Flynn (4-3) was credited with the loss in front of a crowd of 4,096.
Alex Staehely led the Bluejays with three RBI and hit 2-for-4. Creighton pitcher Jonas Dufek (8-1) got the win, while Kurt Spomer was credited with the save.
Coy's single to right field in the first inning scored Kevin Hall, who got on base with a double, for an early 1-0 lead.
Creighton's Jimmy Swift grounded into a Shocker double play (Tyler Coughenour to O'Brien to Coy) for the first two outs of the third inning.
Creighton tied the game in the fourth inning on a double to left center from Scott Thornburg that scored Staehely. The Bluejays took a 2-1 lead when Chance Ross struck out swinging and reached first on a wild pitch. Thornburg scored on the play.
Green's double to right center scored Coy to tie the game, 2-2, and the Shockers regained the lead when Green scored on Walker Davidson's double to make the score, 3-2.
Staehely's three-run homerun to left field gave the Bluejays a 5-3 edge in the fifth inning. Thornburg's double to right center scored Anthony Bemboom for a 6-3 Bluejays lead. Mike Gerber's double to left field scored Thornburg for the Bluejays' fifth run of the inning for a 7-3 score.
Green singled through the left side, scoring Coy and cutting Creighton's lead to 7-4 in the eighth inning.
Green's leaping catch at the wall in left field closed the scoreless top of the ninth inning for the Bluejays.
Preston Springer's single scored Tyler Grimes, who got on base on a walk, to cut Creighton's lead to two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Shockers were unable to complete the comeback.
The three-game series concludes with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Eck Stadium.
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