MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Jonas Dufek's nine-strikeout masterpiece carried Creighton to a 4-2 victory over South Dakota State in the first game of the Metrodome Tournament, Friday afternoon.
Dufek went 7.2 innings, including 4.1 perfect frames to start the game to move to 3-0 on the season.
The Bluejay offense distributed itself evenly throughout the lineup, as all but one starter had at least one hit. Four different Jays posted RBIs.
Elliot Soto led the way with two hits, a double and a triple, and two runs. Scott Thornburg posted three hits and Trever Adams added a pair of singles as well.
South Dakota native Jack VanLeur hurled the last 1.1 innings for his first save of the season. The junior southpaw has yet to allow a run this season.
Creighton (7-3) gave Dufek an early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. A two-out bloop into center from Carson Vitale and a jam-shot single down the third base line by Jimmy Swift put the Jays up 2-0.
The Jays added to the lead in the fifth, as Soto's gapper to left-center went for three bases. Adams brought him in on the very next pitch with a single to center to for a 3-0 Bluejay lead.
Dufek ran into trouble in the third after his solid start. A one-out double by Zach Rhodes turned into the first Jackrabbit (6-4) run, via two Dufek wild pitches. Zach Briggs made it a 3-2 game with his first home run of the year, a 410-foot shot over the center field fence.
Ian Dike helped the Jays answer in the sixth, bringing home Thornburg after a lead-off double, providing the final 4-2 margin for the Jays.
Creighton will take on Minnesota tomorrow in their second game of the Metrodome Tournament. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.
NOTES: The Robbie Knight steak watch chugged along, as he now has 105 consecutive starts, 152 games played, 12 games with a hit and has reached base in 19 consecutive games - including 52 of his last 53 games ... The Jays have won their last three games against SDSU, boasting an 11-4 advantage in the series ... Dufek's nine strikeouts were a season-high and one away from his career-high of 10 ... Adams posted his sixth multi-hit game of the season ... VanLeur's scoreless streak to start the season was lengthened to 12.2 ... The 12 hits marked the third straight double digit effort, and fifth of the season ... With one more win, Dufek will match his career win total of four.