OMAHA, Neb. — Ross Kivett hit two triples as part of a 3-for-4, two-RBI evening as Kansas State weathered a rain delay to defeat Creighton, 6-3, Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park.
The win — K-State’s first in Omaha since 2006 — pushed the Wildcats’ record to 32-14 on the year, while the Bluejays dropped to 24-11.
Lightning and heavy rain delayed the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as K-State led the Bluejays, 3-1.
The Wildcats came out of the delay on fire by plating two runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth, and K-State held off a late Creighton charge to earn the three-run victory.
Kivett tripled into the right-center gap in the fifth inning and scored when Tanner Witt grounded out to break a 1-1 tie. He came back after the delay with a two-run triple into the gap in left-center , while Witt drove in Kivett again on a single to make the score 5-1.
“Jared Moore coming out of the bullpen to get out of the seventh with a double play was really crucial, as were the add-on runs,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “I thought Ross was ready to play tonight. This is a great place to play. Our guys were excited to be here at this beautiful stadium. It’s something you hope you can experience during the summertime.”
Kivett’s performance marked the first time a Wildcat had two triples in a game since Josh Cavender against Howard in 2001.
In a game that saw both teams use multiple pitchers, senior left-hander Joe Flattery (3-4) picked up his first-career relief win after tossing two innings, allowing a run on three hits with a strikeout. He was the second of seven pitchers for the Wildcats, as Matt Wivinis began the game on the hill and tossed three scoreless innings with two hits, a walk and a strikeout.
Moore, Jordan Witcig, Nate Williams and Jake Matthys combined for three scoreless innings before Witt came on for the ninth.
Bluejays right-hander Matt Warren (1-2) took the loss by allowing the go-ahead run in the fifth inning.
RJ Santigate had two hits — his 17th multi-hit game of the year — and scored a pair of runs. Austin Fisher singled to lead off the ninth inning as he extended his career-long hitting streak to 11 games.
Kivett drove in the game’s first run in the second inning on a two-strike, two-out single. Creighton tied the game in the fourth when second baseman Jake Peter hit a leadoff triple into the left-center gap and scored two batters later on Reagan Fowler’s groundout.
After Witt’s RBI groundout in the fifth, Lance Miles, who earned the start at third base, drove in his first-career run the next inning on a groundout to make the score 3-1.
Manhattan High product Blair DeBord drove in a run on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly before Creighton made the game interesting in the bottom half.
The Bluejays plated two runs off of Witt when pinch hitter Tommy Clouthier hit a RBI groundout and Brennan Murphy scored on a wild pitch. With a runner on third and two outs, Witt forced Brad McKewon to foul out to end the game.
McKewon and Kevin Lamb paced the Bluejays with two-hit games.
K-State returns to the road in Big 12 play this weekend with a three-game series against Texas at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas. The series begins Friday with a 6:35 p.m. contest and continues Saturday at 2 p.m. Sunday’s series finale is at 1 p.m.
All three games against Texas can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN and online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com. The games can also be seen on the Longhorn Network.