OMAHA, Neb. - Preseason accolades continue to shower Creighton baseball's Ty Blach, who was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America team on Tuesday, earning third-team accolades. The team is chosen by Collegiate Baseball magazine, recognizing Division I baseball players on three different squads. It marks the second preseason nod the junior from Centennial, Colo., has earned, as he was named to the NCBWA second team preseason All-America lists last week.
As the Friday/Saturday starter on the mound in 2011, Blach turned in one of the top pitching performances in the league last season, sitting ninth in the country and leading the Valley with 18 games started on the mound. He finished with a 10-3 record, owning the second most wins on the Bluejay staff and in the conference. Blach's 100 strikeouts placed him second on the Bluejay squad, and ninth on the Creighton all-time charts.
Blach put his name on the single-season, top-10 charts in numerous categories last season, including wins (10), strikeouts (100), and ERA in a season (2.65). He holds a career 2.84 earned run average, a number that sits second on the all-time charts. He also has a .684 (13-6) career winning percentage, which also sits on the top-10 lists.
Blach was named to the second team All-MVC last season, also picking up first team Scholar Athlete honors from the league, as well. He also became just the seventh Bluejay to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team.
The Bluejays will open the 2012 season on Feb. 17, traveling to Conway, Ark., to take on the Central Arkansas Bears in a three-game series. Creighton finished the 2011 season with a 45-16 record, winning both the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament.