OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team brought their bats to the field today, pounding out 14 hits and scored 11 runs in an 11-3 win over Portland. The Jays (18-5) had three different players with three hits on the day, helping Ty Blach secure his fifth win of the season. The loss drops Portland to 10-12 on the year, with back-to-back losses in the last two games.
Ty Blach continued his dominance on the mound for the Jays, scattering just two hits through the first three innings. Blach struck out three in that time, not allowing a free pass. The only Pilot to advance past first base was Craig Smith, who reached with a single to center field in the top of the third. Smith stole second and was advanced to third on an infield ground ball. Blach ended the Pilots scoring threat by striking out number two batter Kevin Armijo.
The Jays had similar struggles for the first two innings, with Anthony Bemboom picking up the only hit in the two frames. Creighton pushed across one run during the bottom of the third. Mike Gerber led off the inning with a walk, the first given up by Owen Jones on the game. After a strikeout by Joey Bowens, Michael Mutcheson ripped his sixth double of the season to right-center field, allowing Gerber to slide into home safely. A ground out and a fly ball to right field stranded a runner on third for the Jays.
Blach continued to baffle the Pilot hitters through the middle innings in the game, allowing one hit in the top of the fourth. Matt Mardesich was never a scoring threat, however, as the Jays caught him stealing second, with Blach firing over to Nick Judkins who made a quick turn and threw it to Jimmy Swift to put the tag on.
Creighton got on the board again in the bottom of the fourth, adding five runs on five hits. Trever Adams led off the inning driving a single back up the middle. Alex Staehely picked up his fourth sacrifice of the season, moving Adams to second. The sacrifice was not necessary, however, as Anthony Bemboom knocked out his second home run of the season, knocking it off the score board in right-center field. The inning continued when Chance Ross and Gerber picked up their first hits of the afternoon, a single and double, respectively. Ross scored on Gerber's third double of the season.
After a stolen base by Gerber, advancing himself to third, Bowens executed a perfect squeeze bunt, pushing the ball down the first base line and allowing Gerber to slide safely in at home. Creighton scored one more run in the inning, when Judkins picked up his first hit of the game, a double off the fence.
The Pilots did push across a run in the top of the fifth inning. To lead off the inning, Brian Frattali hit a ball back up the middle that Swift gloved, but made a throw in the dirt that Judkins couldn't dig out. The ball bounced over the fence, allowing Frattali to advance to second. A ground ball to Ross at third was out number one before Frattali advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a single by Kramer Scott, his first hit of the game. A strike out and caught stealing from Bemboom to Staehely finished the inning.
The Jays were held scoreless through the fifth and sixth, picking up just two hits before the Pilots added two runs in the top of the seventh. Blach gave up his first two home runs of the season, as Riley Hendricks and Scott each knocked round trippers out to right field, with Henrick's went over the scoreboard. Kurt Spomer came in to relieve Blach, allowing a double before forcing an infield ground out. Blach finished the game with 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, two earned and six hits. He struck out six batters while allowing just one batter to reach on a free pass.
Creighton added four insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. Judkins led off the inning with a single and Swift was hit by pitch. Adams flew out to right field and then Staehely forced the bases loaded, picking up the second hit by pitch of the inning. Bemboom then drove in Judkins, advancing everyone with a single to right field. Another hit by pitch to Ross advanced everyone a base, before Gerber drove a two RBI single to center. Out on the play was Ross, as he tried to advance on the throw home and was caught at third.
The Jays finished the day with 14 hits, with Judkins, Bemboom and Gerber each picking up three hits and two runs scored on the day. Blach earned his fifth win of the season and Spomer got his first save of the year. The Pilots finished the day with seven hits and eight team strike outs.
The two teams will play again tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the CU Sports Complex. Follow the game via live stats at www.gocreighton.com.
Quick Hits: Trever Adams went two-for-four on the day. It marks the 17th time in the last 18 games he has gotten a hit, as he has had multi-hit games in nine of the 18... Anthony Bemboom knocked in three RBI on the day, with a two run home run and a single to right field. He finished the day three-for-four... Mike Gerber had a career-high day for the Jays on Friday. The freshman had high's in hits (three-for-three) and RBI (three)... Ty Blach picked up his fifth win of the season on his seventh appearance of the season, becoming the first Valley pitcher to make the milestone this season... The Jays were hit by pitch three times in the seventh inning of the game, with Jimmy Swift, Alex Staehely and Chance Ross each earning a ticket to first by virtue of the HBP... Kurt Spomer earned his first save of the season, after earning his first win in the NDSU win on Monday... The game was the final Friday game that will be played at the CU Sports Complex. This is the final weekend series and there is just one final game at the on campus facility, when the Jays welcome the Kansas State Wildcats to Omaha on April 12.