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Creighton baseball defeats San Jose State for Jays' third consecutive shutout

Creighton baseball defeats San Jose State for Jays' third consecutive shutout

Three Creighton pitchers combined to neutralize San Jose State’s offense in a 5-0 win Saturday, recording a third consecutive shutout for the first time in program history.

Starter Dylan Tebrake surrendered just three hits over the game’s first 5 1/3 innings. Then relievers Paul Bergstrom and John Sakowski finished out the victory, giving up just two base-runners over the final three frames.

The Spartans (3-6) never got a runner past second base.

“It just comes down to throwing a lot of strikes,” CU coach Ed Servais said. “And then when you do get ahead of hitters, (it’s) executing a pitch.”

Creighton leaned on its pitching staff to maintain control of the game Saturday — until two sluggers iced the victory in the eighth inning.

Redshirt freshman outfielder Alan Roden, who’d scored on a passed ball in the sixth to make it 2-0, launched his fifth homer of the year in the eighth inning when he guided a solo shot over the right-center field wall at TD Ameritrade Park.

Two batters later, senior first baseman Dax Roper made it 5-0 with a two-run home run. He also tripled and scored Saturday.

The teams are scheduled to play again at 4 p.m. Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Jays (10-7), set to start senior Jonah Smith on Sunday, will look to continue their strong pitching run. Smith threw eight scoreless innings in a 10-0 win over Villanova on April 10. Four CU pitchers took the mound in an 8-0 victory against the Wildcats the very next day. Saturday’s shutout marked CU’s third straight.

Creighton’s won six games in a row overall.

Omaha World-Herald: Local Sports

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