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
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.
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
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.