NORMAL, Ill. — The Creighton baseball team was shut down Saturday by Illinois State’s unbeaten starter Dan Savas.
The right-hander held the Bluejays to three hits as CU (24-13, 8-6 MVC) lost its fourth consecutive game, 6-0. The losing streak is the team’s longest this season.
The Jays left seven batters on base and failed to score a run for the second time this season. The first shutout was a 9-0 nonconference loss at Brigham Young on March 1.
In the fourth inning, Creighton threatened to score after junior Brad McKewon drew a leadoff walk. One out later, Jake Peter hit a single through the left side to put runners on first and second. Alex Staehely’s ground ball moved the runners up before Reagan Fowler ended the inning with a grounder to second.
With the Jays down 3-0 in the sixth inning, the Redbirds again shut down a scoring opportunity. Creighton loaded the bases with two outs as Jerry Mitchell reached on a single to left, Peter doubled to left-center, and Staehely walked. But the Jays couldn’t capitalize as Fowler hit a shot that caught the back of the mound and went into second baseman Paul DeJong’s glove.
The Jays’ Nick Musec (1-5) took the loss on the mound. He allowed three runs on five hits and four walks, pitching into the fifth inning. Senior Mark Winkelman relieved the right-hander on his way to setting the Missouri Valley Conference record for pitching appearances with 124. His outing resulted in more runs (3) than outs (2).
As Creigton sputters down the stretch, the Redbirds continue to build steam. Saturday’s win was the school-record 12th straight for Illinois State.
Savas lasted eight innings for the third time this season. The redshirt sophomore struck out eight as he improved to 7-0.
The Jays and Redbirds wrap up the three-game series with Sunday’s game at 1 p.m. Freshman Austin Groth will take the mound against Illinois State’s Brad Sorkin.