Baseball Shut Out 8-0 at Wichita State

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Michael Mutcheson
Courtesy: Eric Francis

WICHITA, Kan. - Just a game removed from their best offensive output of the season (16 runs against Bradley), the Creighton baseball team couldn't push a single run across in an 8-0 loss at Wichita State.  The Jays (31-11, 9-4) picked up just five hits off WSU starter Charlie Lowell, who threw his second complete game of the season.  The Shockers (29-21, 8-5) blasted 15 hits, driving out three home runs in their home ballpark.

In his second start against the Shockers, Ty Blach gave up a career high 13 hits.  In last season's game, the last game Blach lost, the Shockers put up eight hits, his career high until Friday night.  The Shockers put up two runs in the bottom of the first and another in the third to take the early 3-0 lead.  A double by Chris O'Brien drove Kevin Hall in the bottom of the first.  The first run of the game, Hall, had reached via a hit-by-pitch.  A wild pitch moved O'Brien to third and a single back up the middle gave the Shockers their second run.

Single runs in both the third and fifth innings gave WSU the 4-0 lead over halfway through the game.  Johnny Coy doubled to right center with one out in the third, advanced to third on Blach's second wild pitch, and then scored on a Preston Springer single through the left side.  Springer finished the night with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI.  His solo home run in the bottom of the fifth gave the Shockers the 4-0 lead.

The Bluejays had just one hit through the first five innings of play, a single by Adams in the top of the second.  He would get doubled off when Alex Staehely hit a rope right at the short stop for the Shockers first double play of the night.  They turned three total on the Jays, including two ground-ball double plays.  Adams reached base again in the fifth inning thanks to an error by the first baseman, but the Bluejays would strand him there with a line out to short and back-to-back strikeouts.

Although his outing started rocky, Blach pitched into the seventh inning, finishing with 6.1 innings pitched, six earned runs on 13 hits given up.  Wichita State scored three in the seventh and one in the eighth, on a walk, a wild pitch and two home runs (a three-run shot by Don Lambert and a solo shot by Tyler Grimes) to stretch their lead to 8-0.

Creighton did put up four hits in the last three innings, but couldn't scratch a run across the board as two-of-the-three batters were doubled off.  Adams reached with two outs in the seventh but an inning ending fly ball stranded him at first.  Anthony Bemboom led off the eighth with a single through the right side, but was rolled up in a 6-4-3 double play ball.  Mike Gerber tried to extend the inning with his third triple of the season, but an inning ending strikeout stranded him on third. 

The ninth inning followed suit, as Michael Mutcheson led off the frame with a single to right field but found himself forced out in another 6-4-3 double play.  Jimmy Swift ended the game with a swinging strikeout, the eighth of the night for the Jays.  Creighton picked up just five hits on the night in the first offensive shut out of the season.  Adams had two of the five hits, with Mutcheson, Bemboom and Gerber picking up the other three.

Creighton and Wichita State will play again tomorrow with the start time set for 2:00 pm from Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan.  The Bluejays will throw Jonas Dufek (7-1) against WSU's Brian Flynn (4-2).

Quick Hits: Bluejay starter Ty Blach gave up two earned runs on three hits in the first inning Friday night.  In his first 12 starts combined this season, Blach had given up 11 hits and just two earned runs... Trever Adams' single in the first inning improved his reaching safely streak to 26.  The senior has now reached safely in 26 straight games, getting a hit in 25-of-the-26 games... Adams has now put together a seven game hit streak, his third of the season at least seven games.  He has put together both a 10-game streak and an 18-game streak this season... Wichita State picked up 13 hits off Ty Blach, the most he has allowed in his career... The Shockers scored two runs off the first three hits of the game... The Jays were shut out on the road for the first time since 2009, when they lost at Coastal Carolina.  The last time the Jays were shut out in general was last season, May 7, against Wichita State in Omaha... There was just one walk in the game from both teams combined, a free pass to Johnny Coy in the seventh inning.

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