Kansas Baseball: Morovick, Villines, Smith Combine to Shutout Creighton

Kansas Baseball

Photo – Courtesy-Kansas-Athletics

OMAHA, Neb. – Drew Morovick (Jr., RHP), Stephen Villines (Fr., RHP) and Dakota Smith (Jr., RHP) combined to toss a four-hit shutout at TD Ameritrade Park as the Kansas Jayhawks dominated the Creighton Bluejays 11-0 Wednesday night. The trio combined to strike out four Bluejays on a cold night in Omaha.

Morovick toed the rubber getting the start for the Jayhawks and pitched around runners in scoring position situations in three separate innings as he allowed  three hits and four walks while striking out two in 5.2 innings of work. Morovick would get the win to improve to 5-1 on the year.

Villines entered the game in the sixth inning with two runners on and two outs after Morovick walked back-to-back Bluejays and would get the groundout to end the inning. Villines worked around runners at second and third in the seventh before pitching a perfect eighth and finished with a pair of strike outs. The Wildcats then turned to Smith who pitched a perfect ninth with a strike out for the win.

Morovick said, “When you have runs on the board and sixteen hits behind you, it’s really easy to pitch.” Kansas head coach Ritch Price agreed, “I was really pleased with the offensive performance.”

Kansas pounded out 16 hits and scored 11 runs on the night that included three, multi-run, rallies in the second, eighth and ninth innings. Smith, who was also the designated hitter, went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI while Tucker Tharp (Sr., CF) matched his three-hit night going 3-for-5 and scoring three runs. Aaron Hernandez (Jr., 3B) added a 2-for-3 night while scoring a run and driving in two. Colby Wright (So., 2B) and Michael Suiter (Jr., LF) each added two hits while Suiter and Ka’iana Eldredge (Sr., C) added two RBI apiece.

Kansas improves to 17-8 on the year and plays host to the Oklahoma Sooners this weekend.

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Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MarkWestCBC Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC