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Ryan Fitzgerald had two hits on Wednesday
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Kansas Hands Baseball First Home Loss of 2014

OMAHA, Neb. -- Kansas Baseball snapped a five-game losing streak to Creighton with an 11-0 victory over the host Bluejays on a windy Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

The Jayhawks (17-8) scored three times in the second inning and never looked back to pick up their first win over CU since April 7, 2010.

Creighton (11-7-1) fell for the first time in five home games this season, going 1-for-10 with runners on base in the loss.

Kansas dented the scoring column first in the top of the second inning, stringing together four singles to claim a 3-0 lead against Bluejay starter Taylor Elman. Dakota Smith singled to left to start the frame, moved to second on a stolen base and advanced to third on a single to left by Tucker Tharp. Blair Beck blooped a single to center to give KU a 1-0 edge. Following a Ka'iana Eldredge sacrifice bunt moved both men into scoring position, Aaron Hernandez doubled down the third-base line to push the lead to 3-0.

The Jayhawks plated an insurance run in the top of the fifth agaiinst CU's third pitcher, Nick Highberger. Colby Wright singled and moved to second on a Michael Suiter single. After Connor McKay's sacrifice bunt, Smith drove him home with an RBI groundout to short to make it 4-0.

KU added five more runs in the eighth inning against a pair of Bluejay relievers. Smith started the rally against Mark Lukowski with a single to right and scampered to second base on a bunt single by Tharp. After a sacrifice bunt, Eldridge drove in Smith and Tharp with a single up the middle through a drawn-in infield. Eldridge later scored an unearned tally after an infield error with John Oltman on the mound. KU capped its five-run frame with a two-run infield single by Suiter.

The Jayhawks scored two more in the ninth against David Gerber thanks to an RBI single by pinch-hitter Michael Tinsley and a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Jacob Boylan.

Creighton's offense had chances when the game was still close, putting two men on in the second, sixth and seventh, but were unable to get a key hit to send a runner plateward.

KU starter Drew Morovick (5-1) threw 5.2 innings of three-hit ball to pick up his team-best fifth victory of the spring. Stephen Villines earned the next seven outs before Smith showed his skills on the mound and notched the last three outs.

Elman (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing six hits and three runs in three innings of work, striking out three. He was the first of eight Bluejay hurlers in the midweek contest.

Creighton's offense was led by Ryan Fitzgerald, who went 2-for-3 for his first multi-hit game of the spring. Creighton's other hits came from Nicky Lopez and Kevin Lamb.

Creighton continues its seven-game homestand on Friday at 6:30 pm when it hosts Kansas State.

NOTES: The 30 miles per hour wind from the South made the contest the windiest in the 125-game history of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha ...The five-run eighth-inning tied the most runs ever allowed by Creighton in one inning at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha ...The 16 hits by Kansas tied a TD Ameritrade Park Omaha record, done twice previously ...Creighton was shut out for the first time in 2014 ...Kansas improved to 1-3 in midweek contests in 2014 ...Kansas became the first team to score in the ninth inning against Creihgton all season, plating two runs.
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