Creighton Stifles ISU Baseball, 8-2
J.D. Learnard pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief
J.D. Learnard pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief

April 9, 2011

Final Stats Post-Game Interview

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State baseball team was limited to two runs on four hits and was struck out 12 times, as Creighton evened the Missouri Valley Conference series with an 8-2 win Saturday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field.

The Redbirds were kept at bay most of the game by Bluejay starter Jonas Dufek. The Creighton senior improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Bluejays jumped to 21-7 on the season and 1-1 in Valley play. The Redbirds dropped to 21-8 on the season and 1-1 in the league. Brad Sorkin took the loss for ISU and fell to 4-2 on the year.

Dufek pitched six-and-a-third innings allowing two runs on four hits. He also struck out nine Redbird batters and walked five. Creighton's Kurt Spomer came on in relief and pitched the game's final two-and-two-thirds innings to earn his second save of the season.

Michael Mutcheson opened the game for Creighton with a double down the left field line. He later scored after Jimmy Swift grounded into a double play.

The Bluejays increased their lead, 4-0, in the fifth inning with a three-run rally which was again triggered by Mutcheson. He opened with a single and the next two batters also reached with a single and a base on balls, respectively. Trever Adams drove home two runs with a single and then Swift scored later in the inning as the result of a fielder's choice.

The Redbirds finally broke the scoring column in the bottom of the seventh inning. Following a Tyler McNeely single and a walk to Matt Mirabal, McNeely scored after a fielding error off the bat of Brock Stewart. David Fallon came on to pinch hit for Illinois State and plated Mirabal with a double down the left field line. ISU was still threatening with runners on second and third and only one out, but Spomer came on in relief and proceeded to force Kevin Tokarski to pop out to second base and strikeout Chad Hinshaw.

With Cam Verbeke taking the hill for the Redbirds in the top of the eighth, the Bluejays took advantage of each of the three walks and the base hit he allowed. All four runners eventually scored, making the score 8-2. One by a bases loaded walk and three after a triple by Adams, as he finished the day with five RBI.

Illinois State was put down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Illinois State and Creighton will be back in action Sunday for the rubber game in the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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