#2 Wichita State 9 – #6 Indiana State 0
OMAHA, Neb. – Wichita State (39-25) scored seven runs in the first two innings and two pitchers combined on a four hit shutout as the Shockers cruised to a 9-0 win Friday afternoon over Indiana State (29-28) to advance to the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Championship game.
Zach Beringer started for WSU and tossed six innings and allowed one hit with three strikeouts to improve his record to 3-3. Albert Minnis relieved Beringer and went three innings and allowed three hits and struck out five. ISU starter Kurt Kudrecki recorded no outs and took the loss for the Sycamores to fall to 1-2 on the season. Kudrecki allowed two runs on three hits and walked one batter.
Number-two seeded Wichita State will face the winner of tonight’s game of number-one seeded Creighton versus number-four seeded Missouri State. The title game will be played on Saturday night at 7 p.m. and will be shown live on Fox Sports. Saturday will be the 25th time in school history that WSU has played in the MVC championship game and the Shockers will be going for their 18th MVC tournament championship in school history.
#1 Creighton 4 – #4 Missouri State 3 (F/12)
OMAHA, Neb. – After scoring three runs in the first inning against Missouri State starter Grant Gordon, the Creighton baseball team was held scoreless for 10 innings by MSU reliever J.C. Casey in the Bracket B Championship Game at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Friday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. After 136 pitches the senior right-hander’s day was over and the Bluejays were able to break through and score the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning. Dan Kickham’s wild pitch with two outs in the 12th inning allowed Anthony Bemboom to score the winning run and advance the Bluejays into Saturday night’s title game against Wichita State with a 4-3 win over the Bears.
Creighton (43-14) had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning after Scott Thornburg led off the inning with a single, but the Bluejays could not push across the run and went quietly in order in the 10th and 11th innings, as Casey retired the final eight men he faced in his dominant 10-inning relief outing.
In the 12th inning, Kickham (2-3) relieved Casey and walked Bemboom to lead off the frame. The Bluejay reserve, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, moved to second base when pinch-hitter Joey Bowens executed a sacrifice bunt. Bemboom moved to third on Mike Gerber’s fly out and was there when Kickham uncorked a wild pitch on his 1-1 offering to Chance Ross. Bemboom crossed the plate and was mobbed by his teammates as the Bluejays celebrated their fifth win over Missouri State in the last eight days.