Thursday, March 27, 2014

KU baseball blanks Creighton


— Three pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout, and Kansas University won its first midweek baseball game of the season against Creighton, 11-0, on a cold and windy Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Jayhawks (17-8) combined for 16 hits on the night, tying the stadium record for most hits in a game by any team in TD Ameritrade Park history, including the College World Series. In addition, Kansas recorded its third shutout on the season and first against Creighton (11-7-1) since May 4, 2013, when the Bluejays were blanked 6-0 at Illinois State.

“That was a really cold night to have that kind of offensive performance,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “I thought our guys did a really good job.”

Junior right hander Drew Morovick (5-1) allowed just three hits over 52⁄3 innings, and though he struck out two, he walked four.

Freshman righty Stephen Villines tossed 21⁄3 scoreless innings, surrendering just one hit and recording two strikeouts. Junior Dakota Smith closed out the ninth in 13 pitches, striking out one of the three batters he faced.

Kansas will host Oklahoma in a three-game series beginning 6 p.m. Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas 030 010 052 — 11 16 1

Creighton 000 000 000 — 0 4 1

W — Drew Morovick, 5-1. L — Taylor Elman, 1-2.

2B — Colby Wright, Connor McKay, Tucker Tharp, Aaron Hernandez, Kansas.

Kansas highlights — Morovick 52⁄3 IP, 3 H, 0 R; Stephen Villines 21⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R; Dakota Smith 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R; Smith 3-for-5, 3 R, RBI; Tharp 3-for-5, 3 R; Hernandez 2-for-3, R, 2 RBIs; Michael Suiter 2-for-5, 2 RBIs; Ka’iana Eldredge 1-for-2, R, 2 RBIs.


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