Gophers Fall to Creighton, 8-0
Feb. 23, 2014
Creighton (2-4) scored eight runs and shut out the University of Minnesota (4-2) baseball team Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla., to win the series.
Minnesota had only four hits, two of them doubles by second baseman Connor Schaefbauer. Creighton had 11 hits, including three by second baseman Jake Peter and a grand slam by center fielder Mike Gerber, in the 8-0 win.
The game breezed through four innings without anyone scoring. Each team only faced two more than the minimum number of batters in that amount of play.
The Blue Jays got on the board with a two-out rally off of starter Ben Meyer in the fifth. Designated hitter Cody Kottich and shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald reached base on back-to-back walks. Left fielder Brad McKewon drove in Kottich with a single. After Third baseman Tommy Clouthier walked, second baseman Jake Peter hit a single to score two.
Schaefbauer hit his second double of the game to lead of the sixth inning. Shortstop Michael Handel then hit a line drive, but it was right to the shortstop, who threw Schaefbauer out while he tried to get back to second. A groundout ended the inning.
Minnesota got out of a similar situation in the top of the seventh. Kottich led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. But reliever Ty McDevitt struck out McKewon and Schaefbauer made a running catch of a fly ball to end the threat.
Creighton added five runs in a ninth inning that started with a Kottich triple. He scored on a Fitzgerald single. Gerber hit a grand slam to cap the scoring.
Six Blue Jays pitchers combined for the team shutout, including winner Austin Groth.
Minnesota will next travel to Ruston, La., to play a three-game series against Louisiana Tech from Feb. 28-March 2.