WSU Back on Top with 7-1 Win
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:04/08/2007
Conor Gillaspie was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and a homerun in Sunday's 7-1 win over Creighton.
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WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State (26-8, 7-2) is back on top in the Missouri Valley Conference and takes the series 2-1, defeating Creighton (19-11, 6-3), 7-1, Sunday afternoon at Eck Stadium.

 

The Shockers pounded out 13 hits and starter Rob Musgrave (6-0) held the Bluejays to four hits through eight innings. The junior left-hander allowed one unearned run and issued only one walk while striking out four. Kyle Touchatt closed the ninth, giving up two hits, but getting the job done, allowing no runs and striking out one in the inning.

 

Damon Sublett led off for the Shockers and set the tone, going 3-for-5 with one run. Derek Schermerhorn, Danny Jackson and Conor Gillaspie each added two hits. Gillaspie contributed three RBI, two which came from a homerun in the first inning. Tyler Weber had a two RBI double in the sixth.

 

Creighton’s starter Ben Mancuso, allowing his first earned runs and suffering his first loss of the season, fell to 4-1, giving up five earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. The lefty was tagged for 10 hits and walked one while striking out two. Relievers Scott Reese and Andy Masten each went 1.1 innings and allowed a run.

 

Catcher Chris Gradoville led the Bluejays at the plate, going 2-for-4.

 

Wichita State jumped on Creighton pitching early and never looked back after going up 3-0 in the first inning. Sublett began the Shocker offense with a hit that just snuck by the second baseman. Schermerhorn delivered on a hit and run that placed runners at the corners. Both men moved up on a passed ball giving WSU its first run. A fly out and failed squeeze attempt gave Creighton two outs and cleared the bases. Jackson extended the inning, however, with a line drive into the left-center field gap. Gillaspie then hit hits two-run homer to right field, giving the Shockers the three-run advantage.

 

Creighton pushed one across when a ground out by Andy Masten plated a run after back-to-back singles from Ryan Urzendowski and Brandon Knox. The runners had advanced on a passed ball, making the run unearned.

 

The last 13 batters Musgrave faced were retired in order. Gradoville managed a hit in the sixth, but was erased trying to steal second.

 

A single by Andy Dirks and back-to-back doubles by Dusty Coleman and Weber gave the Shockers a 5-1 lead. Three consecutive singles, capped by a grounder up the middle by Gillaspie and helped by a balk from Reese, added one more in the seventh. The Shockers would top off the scoring in the eighth with a run that crossed on a Creighton error that left it at 7-1.

 

The Shockers are back in action this week at home versus Oklahoma and Nebraska. Tuesday night WSU takes on the Sooners at 7 p.m. before facing off Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the Huskers.

 

-Wichita State-

 

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