NORMAL, Ill. — Creighton freshman Tommy Clouthier’s three-run double — his first hit as a Bluejay — capped a five-run rally in the 11th inning, lifting the Bluejays past Illinois State 9-4 Sunday.
Creighton (25-13, 9-6 Missouri Valley Conference) snapped the Redbirds’ 13-game winning streak by salvaging the series finale.
Junior Brad McKewon opened the 11th with a single. Federico Castagnini tried to sacrifice McKewon to second, but pitcher Jeremy Rhoades sailed the throw to second into center field. The error allowed McKewon to take third, and he scored on Jake Peter’s single to put Creighton ahead 5-4.
After a sacrifice moved the runners to second and third, senior Alex Staehely was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brennan Murphy worked a five-pitch walk to make it 6-4, and one out later, Clouthier put the game out of reach with a three-run double to right.
Creighton had scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to take a 4-2 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.
Peter came on to close, but Illinois State’s Paul DeJong singled before Brock Stewart homered to force extra innings.
Peter (2-0) didn’t allow any more damage in the ninth and 10th innings to earn the win. Sophomore Mark Lukowski worked a perfect 11th to earn the save.
Offensively McKewon, Castagnini and Staehley each finished with three hits. Rhoades took the loss for Illinois State (31-17, 11-4).
Creighton will host South Dakota State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park.