CONWAY, Ark. - Creighton was nearly flawless, as the Jays used career days from several players as the Jays (1-0) routed Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (0-2), 22-0, Saturday afternoon at Bear Field.
The Jays offense was buoyed by a 13-run seventh inning, as they sent 17 men to the plate.
Elliot Soto hit his first career home run after 404 at-bats, and Michael Blatchford belted his first career home run on the first pitch of his college career to highlight the Bluejay offensive barrage.
The Jay used four pitchers to combine for the three-hit shutout, with Jonas Dufek picking up the win (1-0). Dufek threw five scoreless innings, striking out seven, including the first five batters of the game. Jack VanLeur threw two scoreless frames and Mark Winkelman and Kurt Spomer each threw a scoreless inning of their own.
The Jays scored two runs in the third, one in the fourth, three apiece in the fifth and sixth and topped off the rout with the 13th run in the seventh.
The Jays will finish their stay in Arkansas later today, when they face homestanding Central Arkansas.
NOTES: Creighton did not score double-digit runs until the 10th game last year ... Soto's home run was his first in 404 career at-bats ... The 22 scored is only the most in scored in a season opener ... The last time Creighton scored 22 or more runs in a game was on March 20, 2004 against Winona (MN) State ... The last time the Jays scored 13 runs in an inning was March 11, 2006, in the third inning at Tennessee Tech.