OMAHA, Neb. – Senior center fielder Ross Kivett‘s no-out, two-run, ninth inning single with the bases juiced pulled the Kansas State Wildcats within a run of the Creighton Bluejays. However, the Wildcats’ rally would fall short as Creighton sophomore reliever John Oltman (LHP) came in to retire the final two hitters and strand the game-tying and winning runs in scoring position and preserve the 4-3 victory.
Sophomore righty Matt Warren started for Creighton and pitched well allowing K-State one earned run off of five hits and two walks over six and one-third innings pitched. Warren kept the Wildcats scoreless until the sixth when Kivett led-off the inning with a double and would score on a fielding error by Creighton second baseman Jake Peter (Jr.).
The Bluejays plated two runs in each the fourth and sixth innings to build a 4-1 lead. Brett Murray (So., RF) hit a two-run single in the fourth and Peter led off the sixth with a single and then scored on a throwing error by Wildcats’ starter Levi MaHorvis (So., RHP). Kansas State turned to Landon Busch (So., LHP) with one out and the bases loaded and he hit pinch hitter Landon Lucansky (Jr.) allowing sophomore first baseman Reagan Fowler to score and extend the lead to 4-1.
MaHorvis would take the loss falling to 3-3 on the year after allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk in 5.1 inning of work. Warren earned the win to remain unbeaten at 5-0. Oltman got his first save on the season.
Kansas State sends senior southpaw Jared Moore (4-1, 3.44 ERA) to the bump against sophomore righty Austin Groth (1-1, 3.15 ERA) in Saturday’s match-up.