TOWSON, Md. - Creighton baseball pitcher Ty Blach has been named a Capital One Academic All-America Third Teamer as selected by CoSIDA. The sophomore southpaw becomes just the seventh player in Creighton baseball history to earn the award, the first since Darin Ruf was named to the third team in 2009. The second-team all-Missouri Valley Conference starting pitcher holds a 3.81 cumulative grade point average in business.
Blach is the first pitcher in the MVC to reach 10 wins this season, holding a 10-1 record in his 16 starts this season. The 2010 Freshman All-American has thrown 89.2 innings this season, giving up just 24 earned runs and holding a 2.41 ERA. He struck out a career high nine batters against Southern Illinois earlier this season, besting his previous best of eight set on March 11 with the win over South Dakota State. Blach has earned the MVC Scholar Athlete of the Week award three times this season for his work on the mound and in the classroom. Blach was the first starting pitcher in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha history, throwing 1.0 innings in the 2-1 loss at Nebraska. His 2.73 career ERA is the second-best in school history by a pitcher who has pitched for two or more years and thrown 100 or more innings.
Six other Bluejays have earned the national honor, dating back to Ernie Rongish in 1973. Dave Schrage earned second team honors in 1983 while Bill Hahn picked up second team honors in 1993. The only player in Creighton baseball history to three-peat as an Academic All-America selection was Dan Lawler, who was named third team in 1999 and 2000 and second team in 2001. Blach joins Zach Daeges (third team in both 2005 and 2006) and Ruf as the three players under head coach Ed Servais to earn the award.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. The award is split into two different categories, with the University division honoring all Division I athletes, while the College division honors Division II, III and NAIA. The Capital One Academic All-America University Division first team has three student-athletes with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The eleven members of the first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.89.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.