Baseball Takes Series With 12-3 Rout Of Bradley

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PEORIA, Ill. - Creighton used a big first inning and Ty Blach's left arm to clinch a series victory over Bradley.

The Bluejays (16-13, 5-7 MVC) scored five runs in the first, and Blach went eight strong innings for his first collegiate win, in a 12-3 romp over Bradley (11-19, 4-8 MVC), Sunday afternoon at O'Brien Field.

Elliot Soto, Scott Thornburg and Alex Staehely all had two hits and two RBI with Thornburg blasting a home run. Trever Adams also had three RBI for the Jays.

Blach (1-1) struck out six in eight innings, and was perfect through the first four innings, facing just one over the minimum through five innings.

Brad Altbach (1-2) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned in just two innings of work.

The five runs in the first were all CU would need, as an error and two walks by Bradley loaded the bases. Adams immediately emptied them with a double to the right-center gap for a 3-0 CU lead. Thornburg followed with his third home run of the season on the 10th pitch of his at-bat for the fourth and fifth Creighton runs.

The Bluejays continued the rout with single runs in the next four innings. T.J. Roemmich posted a two-out, RBI single in the second and Zane Hinkel's groundout in the third put the Jays up 7-0.

Soto posted the eighth CU run, as he scored on his triple after shortstop Jason Leblebijian threw wildly into the Bradley dugout. Staehely accounted for the ninth Bluejay run as his two-out single in the fifth made it a 9-0 game.

Bradley finally got to Blach in the sixth, as a Kyle Segar and Leblebijian double started the frame. An RBI-groundout from Matt Fritz and a sac bunt from Rob Elliott gave the Braves their first two runs.

Creighton answered with a run of its own in the seventh, as Soto's second hit of the day scored Carson Vitale from second. It was Soto's 18th RBI of year, and put the Jays up 10-2.

Bradley came back in the bottom half, scoring a run on a Brian McMillan single, but the Jays posted two more runs in the ninth. On a Staehely RBI double and a Soto sacrifice fly.

Creighton will take on in-state rival Nebraska on Tuesday at Rosenblatt Stadium. First pitch will be at 6:30 p.m.

NOTES: Creighton's used its 22nd different lineup this weekend ... The five first inning runs were the most by Creighton this season, and the most since March 25, 2008 against South Dakota State ... The five first inning runs were the most against a Valley opponent since April 29, 2005 when the Jays did it against Bradley in Omaha.

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