19-Hit Attack Sends Baseball Past UT-Arlington, 11-5

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Trever Adams
Courtesy: Joe Buvid/SHSU Athletics

ARLINGTON, Texas - Five different Bluejays posted multiple hits, as Trever Adams and Carson Vitale both recorded four en route to an 11-5 victory over UT-Arlington, Wednesday evening at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Adams and Vitale both posted two doubles on the evening, as Adams recorded four RBI and Vitale scored three runs.

Alex Staehely went 3-for-3, and Scott Thornburg and T.J. Roemmich both added home runs to Creighton's season-high 19-hit attack.

Mark Winkelman threw a perfect 1.1 innings, striking out two to pick up the first win of his career.

Creighton (6-3) scored in four of the first five innings to jump out to a 9-1 lead over the Mavericks (4-8) they would not relinquish.

That early spurt was highlighted by a three-run first inning, and capped with a four-run fifth inning.

The game-opening rally started with a one-out walk issued to Elliot Soto. Adams followed with his first double of the game, a shot that fell in left-center, and scored Soto from first to give the Jays a 1-0 lead. Roemmich came up next, belting an opposite-field home run to left to put the Jays up 3-0.

Robbie Knight's sac fly and Adams's RBI-single in the second put CU up 5-0, and Staehely knocked in a run with a single in the third to make it a 6-0 advantage.

The Jays sent all nine men to the plate in the fifth to effectively put the game away. Thornburg led off the inning with his first long ball of the year on a 1-2 pitch. After a pitching change and a Dike groundout, Vitale walked and Staehely singled. Knight then drove in his second run of the game with a single to right. Adams then capped the inning with his second RBI-double of the game, scoring Knight and Staehely.

Soto posted an RBI single in the eighth to cap the Bluejay scoring. The Maverick offense briefly came to life with a three-run ninth, but Bobby Lackovic came on to shut the door, retiring three of the four hitters he faced.

Sam Hansen suffered the loss for UTA, lasting just 2.0 innings and allowing five earned runs on six hits.

Creighton will be back in action on Friday in Minneapolis at the Metrodome Tournament. The Jays will play South Dakota State on Friday to open the tourney. Saturday's opponent will be Minnesota, followed by a get-away day match-up with Harvard on Sunday.

NOTES: Knight extended his consecutive starts mark to 104 and games played streak in at 151 ... The senior also posted his 12th straight game (51 of last 52 games) ... The Jays moved to 10-16 in games played in Texas under head coach Ed Servais ... The Jays moved ahead in the all-time series with UTA, with a 3-2 mark ... Staehely's RBI in the third was the first of his young career. It was also his first career multi-hit game ... Vitale posted his first multi-double game ... Thornburg's home run was the sixth of his career and tied him for second among active Jays despite being a sophomore. He is behind Roemmich with 14 and tied with Knight ... The game marked the fourth time this season the Jays have had double-digit runs and hits ... Gage Daniels made his first appearance as a Bluejay in the ninth inning.

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