Three-Run First Propels Jays to 7-3 Win Over Bradley

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Anthony Bemboom
Courtesy: Mike Spomer

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team took an early 3-0 lead on Friday and never looked back after while claming a 7-3 win over Bradley.  The Jays (29-10, 7-3) picked up 14 hits in the game, with Trever Adams leading the charge, finishing the night a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, with an RBI and a run scored.  Ty Blach picked up the win, improving to 7-0 on the season.  The win gave Bluejay head coach Ed Servais his 283rd win, tying him with Jack Dahm for second-most as the skipper of the Jays, and just seven away from taking away the crown from Jim Hendry.  Bradley drops to 20-20, 2-8 in The Valley with Friday's loss.

Creighton's offense came to the park early on Friday, as the Jays put three runs on the board in the first inning.  Michael Mutcheson led off the game with a double that knocked off the right field wall.  Nick Judkins reached safely on a sacrifice bunt, when the Braves pitcher Joe Bircher fumbled the pick-up, putting runners on the corners with no outs.  Jimmy Swift then pickd up his 26th RBI of the season, driving a single to center to score Mutcheson.  With runners on first and second, Adams then singled to center to load the bases. 

Alex Staehely reached safely on a fielder's choice, a double play ball that rolled up both Swift at third and Judkins at the plate.  Anthony Bemboom then kept the inning going with a double down into left field, scoring both Adams and Staehely.

The Bluejays put another run on the board in the third, using two hits in the frame to plate Judkins after his leadoff single.  Swift picked up a sacrifice bunt to move Judkins to second followed by Adams' second single of the game, a ball to right field.  Judkins advanced to third and then scored when Adams was out trying to advance to second and getting caught in a run-down, 7-5-4-3.

Bluejay starter Blach had another successful outing on the mound, going 6.0 innings and giving up seven hits, striking out seven batters and allowing just two earned runs.  He shut down the Braves in order in two of his six innings, forcing seven ground balls in his outing.

The Braves picked up their second run in the seventh inning.  After Blach walked Jason Kottaras to lead off the seventh inning, Creighton brought in Chase Webb.  Webb was welcomed with a sacrifice bunt by the nine-hole batter Bob Schuch to put Kottaras on second before a single by Rob Elliott plated Bradley's second run of the game.  Webb fanned one batter swinging and one batter looking to end the Bradley seventh.

Creighton answered in the bottom half of the frame, putting up two runs of their own.  Judkins and Swift led ff the inning with back-to-back doubles, their fourth and fifth of the season, respectively, to put the Jays up 5-2.  A walk to Adams and an infield single by Staehely loaded the bases with no outs.  A Bemboom strike out was followed by Chance Ross' RBI single to left field, plating Swift.  Adams was caught at the plate on the play, trying to score from second.

Bradley did put together a scoring drive in the eighth, knocking Webb off the mound after allowing a leadoff walk and single.  Reese McGraw toed the rubber, forcing a fly out for the first out before allowing a single to Brian Martin to load the bases.  A ground out to Ross by Kottarras plated Bradley's third and final run of the game. 

Creighton pushed one more across in the bottom of the eighth.  With two outs, Judkins walked and then advanced to second on single by Swift.  Adams then ripped his fourth hit of the game, a single to left field that drove in Judkins, his third run scored of the day.

The two teams will play the second game of the series tomorrow night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.  The first pitch is set for 6:30.

Quick Hits: The Jays had seven hits after the first four innings, more than the total number of hits they had in the full nine innings of three of the first five games at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.  The Jays finished the day with 14 hits... Trever Adams had four hits on the night, his second multi-hit game in the last four games.  The last time Adams had four hits in a game was March 21 against BYU at the CU Sports Complex and it markes the third time in his career he has picked up four in a single game... Ty Blach becomes the first Creighton pitcher to start 7-0 since Marc Lewis in 2006... Adams has now reached base safely in 23 straight games.  Mike Gerber had reached safely in 16 games, but grounded out in his only plate appearance tonight... The top of Creighton's order (batters 1-4) had 10 of the 14 hits on the night, while Anthony Bemboom (batting sixth) had two... Joey Bowens walked twice on Friday night, a career high for a single game... Bradley's Rob Elliott stole second in the seventh inning, his league leading 24th of the season.  The Bradley lead-off batter attempted to steal when he reached in the fifth, but was tossed out by Bemboom to Staehely... Alex Staehely remains the only Bluejay to have a hit in every game in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha history, picking up a single in Friday's game.

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