Wichita State Wins Valley Title,10-3, Over Creighton
WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita State (49-22) defeated Creighton (46-15), 10-3, Saturday night in the 2005 ConAgra Foods Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Eck Stadium-Home of Tyler Field to win its 15th MVC Tournament Title.
WSU starter Max Hutson (3-1) threw five innings of shutout baseball with five strikeouts to get the win for WSU. He also scattered four hits and walked four in the outing, his longest of the season.
Wichita State threatened first in the bottom of the first with one out by loading the bases on two singles and a walk. Jackson then grounded into a double-play after hitting a hot grounder down the left field line that was ruled foul.
Wichita State scored two runs in the bottom of the second on three hits and a sac fly to take a 2-0 lead.
In the CU third, Hutson walked the first two batters and eventually got out of a self-induced bases-loaded jam after hitting Gradoville.
WSU scored two more in the bottom of the third on three hits, including a two RBI single by Brandon Hall that scored Derek Schermerhorn and Damon Sublett.
Gabe Lapito snuck out a double after hitting into the right centerfield gap to lead off the fourth for CU with one out. Hutson then hit Colin Shockey, but a diving catch by Matt Brown in right field and a groundout got him out of the inning scoreless again.
Tyler Hill singled and stole second to open the Shocker fourth before Blake Hurlbutt hit a home run to put WSU up 6-0.
Hutson struck out his fourth and fifth batters to complete his longest outing of the season at five innings, while he also scattered five hits.
WSU scored two more runs again in the bottom of the fifth to go up 8-0, before Creighton stopped the shutout as Lapito scored on a Roth single with one out. CU loaded the bases on a pinch-hit walk for Dave Schultz with two outs, but reliever Rob Musgrave got out of the inning with a fly out to center.
CU loaded the bases again in the top of the seventh and scored on a sac fly by Tony Roth that moved up the runners and scored Chase Odenreider to close the gap to 8-2 as Brad Dutton grounded out to end the inning.
WSU scored two runs in the seventh to go up 10-2 before Creighton got a two-out solo home run to cut the lead to 10-3.