Baseball Blanks Evansville 4-0 in Game Two

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Courtesy: Eric Francis

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Bluejays picked up their second win of the day on Saturday evening, taking game two from Evansville 4-0.  The Bluejays (35-12, 12-5) picked up 11 hits in the second game of the series, earning the series win over the Purple Aces 27-19, 6-10.  Creighton rode the arm of Ty Blach, as he gave up just three runs in his seven inning performance on the mound.  The two teams will play the third game of the series tomorrow at 1:00 pm.

The Bluejays got on the board first in game two, pushing across two runs in the third inning.  Much like game one, the Bluejays stranded runners in both the first and second innings.  Chance Ross led off the game with a walk, stole second but would be left there.  In the second frame, Alex Staehely led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Anthony Bemboom.  A walk to Scott Thornburg would be the last offensive production in the inning, as back-to-back strike outs ended the threat.

Ross led off the third inning with his third hit of the weekend, a single to left field.  He then stole second for the second time in the game and scored on Nick Judkin's double over the right fielders head.  After a fly out in foul territory by Trever Adams, Jimmy Swift drove a single to left field, scoring Judkins just before the ball reached the relay man on the infield grass.  The Jays led 2-0 after two and a half.

Following a game opening walk to Eric Stamets, Ty Blach retired the Purple Aces in order through the end of the third.  Blach used four strikeouts, two ground balls and six pop outs to get through the third inning with zero's on the scoreboard for the Purple Aces.  Blach didn't allow a hit until the leadoff batter in the fifth inning, when Jared Baehl hit a single through the left side of the infield. 

Creighton posted a single tally in the fourth inning, when Mike Gerber knocked out his sixth home run of his Bluejay career. 

The two teams each exchanged scoreless innings in both the fifth and sixth innings, as Blach and Cole Isom each worked into the seventh inning.  Blach picked up three strike outs in the two frames, extending his pitch count to 110 after six.  He finished the day striking out Jake Mahon in the bottom of the seventh, going 7.0 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out eight in his outing. 

The Bluejays added another run in the top of the eighth, extending their lead to 4-0.  With one out, Staehely drove a single to the left side of the infield, beating out a throw from UE's shortstop.  Staehely stole second before a fly out to center by Anthony Bemboom left Staehely on second with two outs.  Thornburg walked for the second time on the day before Gerber drove in his second RBI of the afternoon with a single to right field. 

Mark Winkelman came on for the Jays in the eighth, allowing a walk but retiring the side in four batters.  It was Winkelman's second appearance on the day, as he faced two batters in the first game, striking out one.  Jack VanLeur came in to close the game, also in his second appearance of the day, throwing a scoreless ninth inning

Quick Hits: Creighton joggled around Jimmy Swift and Trever Adams for the first time since the season opener.  The pair had been hitting 3,4 respectively before flipping in the second game of the series... Creighton had their lead-off batter on in the first three innings, finishing the day with the lead-off on in just one other inning through the game... Mike Gerber hit his sixth home run of the season in the second game of the series.  Four of his six home runs have been in Valley play... Creighton's first 1-2-3 inning of the weekend came in the fifth inning of game two, as they had at least one runner on base in each of the other frames this weekend... Ty Blach's three hits matches a season best in hits allowed in his starts over five innings.  The south paw has made three starts with a limit (1.0 against Nebraska on April 19, 2.0 against both North Dakota State and Nebraska on May 10)... Blach also threw a season high in pitches, tossing 122 on the day... Trever Adams continued his hit streak, extending it to 12, and his reaching-safely streak, at 31, with his single in the top of the ninth... For the second game in a row, the Jays had equal amounts of hits and runners left on base, this time with 11 each...  The Jays remain in first in the Valley, a game and a half ahead of Missouri State.

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