COMAHA, Neb. - The Bluejay offense came out aggressive for the second straight day, pounding out 12 hits and driving in 12 RBI on the day, defeating the Portland Pilots 12-0. The Jays (19-5) received solid pitching once again, this time by Jonas Dufek, who allowed just four hits in eight innings of work, striking out 11 and not allowing a walk all day. The Pilots fall to 12-13 on the season.
The Jays were pretty quiet through the first two innings, with Trever Adams picking up the only hit through the first seven batters. In the bottom of the fourth, Mike Gerber led off the inning by ripping his first triple of the season, blasting it off the left center field fence. Erik Mattingly then took a half swing, that just got past the Pilot pitcher Kyle Kraus, allowing Gerber to score from third base.
After a Michael Mutcheson strikeout, Nick Judkins picked up his first hit of the game, a single to the right side. Jimmy Swift was then hit by a pitch, the second time this weekend he has been hit. With runners on first and second, Adams ripped his sixth home run of the season over the left center field fence. The ball sailed over the highest fence in the ball park and right over the 1991 College World Series banner. Three runs scored, Adams' 22-24 RBI on the season.
Jonas Dufek remained solid on the mound, his second straight start allowing no runs. Dufek's last outing was the one hour, 25 minute outing at Valparaiso, a complete game shut out. Through the first six innings, Dufek recorded six strikeouts, ending the first and second inning with strike outs and going three-up, three-down on K's in the fifth inning. Only one batter had reached second base by that time, Craig Smith who singled in the top of the fourth.
The Jays got on the board again in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring seven runs on five hits and batting all the way around the order. Staehely led off the inning with his second double of the day. Ross then knocked in Staehely with a single that snaked through the infield, which was pulled in to cut a run off. Ross then stole second before Gerber walked to put runners on first and second. The Jays then put gas pedal on out on the base paths, as Ross and Gerber executed a double steal. Joey Bowens then laid down a bunt right in front of the plate that nobody could make a play on, scoring Ross.
Mutcheson then did the same thing on the next at bat, but the Pilots were able to get the out at the plate. Judkins and Swift were then hit by a pitch, followed by an Adams double off the left center fence. The double drove in two runs, giving Adams five RBI on the day. Staehely then came to the plate and ripped his second double of the inning, driving in two runs. The Jays ended the inning with seven earned runs.
Dufek continued his dominance, striking out three batters in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh. The Jays added another run in the bottom of the eighth. Clay Cuno came into the game and singled through the left side and then Jordan Makovicka drove a ball to left field that bounced up and over the fence. It was the first ground-rule double for the Jays this season, and the first double for Makovicka. Swift then knocked in Cuno on a ground out to the third baseman, giving the Jays their 12th run of the ball game.
Brandon Koenigstein came in to finish the game, forcing a ground out and a double play to go along with a single and double in his one inning of work.
The Jays finished the day with 12 runs on 12 hits, striking out six times and leaving five men stranded. Adams and Staehely continued their hot streaks from the plate, each picking up three hits on the day. The Pilots collected just six hits on the day, two by left fielder Turner Gill. Jonas Dufek picked up the win for the Jays, improving to 4-0 on the season while Kyle Kraus evened his record at 2-2 on the year with the loss.
Creighton and Portland will return to the field tomorrow, finishing out the three game series with a 1:00 p.m. game.
Quick Hits: Trever Adams had another outstanding day from the plate. Adams was a triple short of hitting for the cycle, driving in five RBI on three hits... Jonas Dufek again had a good start. He finished the day with 11 strike outs, the second time this season he has hit that mark this season... Creighton has outscored the Pilots 23-3 in the first two games, picking up 26 hits in the two games...After Creighton used just 11 players in yesterday's game (the starting line-up plus the closing pitcher), the Jays had seven different pinch hitters/defensive chances in the game, and one pitching change. Between the two teams, 38 players were used in the game... Creighton has swept two series already this season, the four game series with New Mexico and the three game series with South Dakota State... Creighton's Friday and Saturday starters are 9-0 on the season in 13 starts... Creighton has only used two pitchers out of its bullpen, with Kurt Spomer throwing three innings on Friday and Brandon Koenigstein throwing one today.