OMAHA, Neb. - Preseason accolades continue to shower Creighton baseball's Ty Blach, who was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America team on Tuesday, earning third-team accolades. The team is chosen by Collegiate Baseball magazine, recognizing Division I baseball players on three different squads. It marks the second preseason nod the junior from Centennial, Colo., has earned, as he was named to the NCBWA second team preseason All-America lists last week.
As the Friday/Saturday starter on the mound in 2011, Blach turned in
one of the top pitching performances in the league last season, sitting
ninth in the country and leading the Valley with 18 games started on the
mound. He finished with a 10-3 record, owning the second most wins on
the Bluejay staff and in the conference. Blach's 100 strikeouts placed
him second on the Bluejay squad, and ninth on the Creighton all-time
Blach put his name on the single-season, top-10 charts in numerous
categories last season, including wins (10), strikeouts (100), and ERA
in a season (2.65). He holds a career 2.84 earned run average, a number
that sits second on
the all-time charts. He also has a .684 (13-6) career winning
percentage, which also sits on the top-10 lists.
Blach was named to the second team All-MVC last season, also picking
up first team Scholar Athlete honors from the league, as well. He also
became just the seventh Bluejay to be named to the CoSIDA Academic
The Bluejays will open the 2012 season on Feb. 17, traveling to Conway, Ark., to take on the Central Arkansas Bears in a three-game series. Creighton finished the 2011 season with a 45-16 record, winning both the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament.