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.