Jonas Dufek (6-1) earned his sixth win of the season,
allowing just one run on six hits while striking out four in seven innings of
The Jays (18-13, 6-7 MVC) used three Bear (15-21, 1-6 MVC)
miscues in the first inning to take an early lead. With Adams
on first, a catcher's interference, a balk and a passed ball led to the game's
The game stayed close until the fifth, when the Jays started
to pull away. Vitale led off with an infield single that was thrown away by
shortstop Travis McComack. A sac bunt and a single by Staehely made it 2-0
Jays. After Staehely stole second, Elliot Soto brought him around to extend the
lead to three.
Another Bear error led to a 4-0 CU lead. Vitale hit into what looked to be an
inning-ending double play, but second baseman Kevin Medrano's throw short-hopped
the first baseman, bounded into the dugout and scored Scott Thornburg to score
Curt Courtwright answered for the Bears in the bottom of the
sixth with his second home run of the season, making it a 4-1 game. It was the
lone highlight for the Bears, as the Jays pulled away with three runs in the
The Jays rallied with two outs in the frame, as Jimmy Swift
walked, stole second and scored on an Adams
single to right. Roemmich then hammered the first pitch he saw into the bullpen
in left to make it a 7-1 game.
The Jays would tack on another run in the eight with an RBI
fielder's choice from Staehely, and MSU would go on to put up a run in the
eighth on a Tyler Bean pinch-hit, RBI single for the final 8-2 margin.
Mike Kickham took the loss for the Bears, falling to 4-5
after giving up seven runs, five earned, on eight hits in seven innings. MSU
was also plagued by a lack of timely hitting, leaving nine men on base in the
final four innings.
Creighton and Missouri
State will play game two
of their series at 2 p.m. back at Hammons Field on Saturday.
NOTES: The start
of Friday's game was delayed 45 minutes due to rain ... Creighton moved to 7-2 in
Friday games this season. They have taken the first lead in all but two of
those contests, winning one and losing one ... Vitale stopped a 1-for-13 stretch
with his infield single in the fifth ... Courtwright is now 11-for-23 with eight
RBI against the Jays ... The Jays improved to 9-0 when they hold their opponent
to four runs or less ... Dufek's 84 pitches was the second fewest by a Creighton
pitcher throwing seven or more innings this season. Brandon Koenigstein threw
75 in seven against Southern Illinois on March 27 ... Vitale's multi-hit effort
was first in seven games and just his second in last 17 ... Dufek became the
first Creighton right hander to win six games in one season since Eric
Wordekemper in 2005 ... CU has now won nine of its last 10 series openers on the
road in MVC play ... Creighton picked up its sixth win when getting out-hit by
the opponent ... Bobby Lackovic pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th
consecutive appearance without allowing a run.