Baseball Sweeps Portland With a Walk Off Single

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Greg Hellhake
Courtesy: Dennis Hubbard

OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton (20-5) pulled off a come-from-behind victory on Sunday, using a Trever Adams single in the bottom of the 9th inning to sweep the Portland Pilots (10-14) on the weekend.  The Jays won 4-3 on Sunday, in the closest game of the series, needing two runs in the bottom of the last inning to earn the win.  Adams finished the day two for five with two RBI and a run scored, while Mutcheson picked up three hits, one RBI and scored the game winning runs. 

The game started out as a pitchers duel, with Creighton's Greg Hellhake four hits through the first four innings, three singles and a double, while forcing eight fly outs and two ground outs.  He struck out two, including the third out of the fourth inning with a runner on base.  The Bluejay batters started the game with a similar fate, collecting just two hits in the first three innings.  Jimmy Swift picked up a double down the left field line and Michael Mutcheson hit a single.  Both were with two outs in the inning.

It looked as if the Jays would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth, when Alex Staehely knocked his 16th double of the season, driving it down into the left field corner.  A ground out to the second baseman by Mike Gerber moved Staehely to third base, but an inning ending strike out by Scott Thornburg ended the threat.

Creighton took advantage of a rare Matt Mardesich error at third base in the bottom of the sixth to finally get on the board.  Swift led off the inning ripping a ball to the third baseman, who hurried a throw, tossing it out into the Creighton bull pen down the right field line.  Swift advanced all the way to third base.  Trever Adams then knocked in his sixth RBI in two days, driving in Swift with a double out to right center field.  A sacrifice moved Adams to third base before a sacrifice fly by Gerber scored Adams, giving the Jays the 2-0 lead after six.

Creighton's pitching staff continued to dominate the Pilots, completely shutting down UP through the seventh inning.  From the fourth to the seventh inning, the Pilots were retired three-up, three-down, with the help of an inning ending double play in the seventh.  Chase Webb came in and threw in the seventh, allowing no runs on no hits, surrendering one walk in his outing.  Hellhake finished with his best outing of the season, going 6.0 innings with no runs given up, allowing four hits while striking out two.

The Pilots tied the game in top of the eighth inning, when Jack VanLeur came into the game for his inning of relief.  After striking out the leadoff batter, Zach McCoy drew a one out walk.  A fly out to right field left the Jays with a runner on first.  The designated hitter Kevin Armijo then ripped the second extra base hit of the day, a triple that bounced out of Adams' glove as he was jumping up at the wall to prevent the home run.  One run scored, and one Pilot remained on third base for Riley Henricks, who drove a single back up the middle, followed by a Turner Gill double, giving the Pilots the 3-2 lead after seven and a half innings.

The Jays found themselves down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Chance Ross led off the inning with an infield single, dribbling one down the third base line that he hustled out and was safe at first.  Joey Bowens then sacrifice bunted Ross to second base.  With one out and a runner on secontd, Michael Mutcheson picked up his second hit of the day, a single to left center that scored Ross easily from second.  Swift then reached, pounding a hard ball at the shortstop, and forcing an errant throw.  With two runners on base, Adams hit a ball straight back up the middle, scoring Mutcheson from second and giving the Jays the 4-3 win.

Creighton finished the day with eight hits, scoring four runs and striking out just five times.  The Pilots had seven hits, three RBI and also struck out five times.

Up next for the Jays will be traveling to Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday for a meeting with the Huskers.  Game time is set for 6:35 from Haymarket Park in Lincoln.

Quick Hits: Creighton's pitching staff did not allow a leadoff batter on base through the whole game... The Jays had a shut out going into the eighth inning.  It would have been the first time since 2008 the Jays would have shut out opponents in back to back outings... The Trever Adams walk off single was the first time this season the Jays found a way to win in the bottom of the 9th... Adams has now had a hit in 20 of the last 21 games, finishing this weekend with seven hits, going .500 on the day... Greg Hellhake picked up his best outing of the season thus far, going 6.0 innings with no runs and allowing just four hits... The Jays are 20-5 for the first time since the 2005 season when the Jays started with the same record in the first 25 games.  Creighton finished 48-17 that season, making it to the NCAA Tournament.

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