Creighton continued its offensive outburst with a 10-3 win over Illinois State in the semifinal game on Thursday, pushing the Bluejays to their second straight MVC Tournament final, the fifth in Ed Servais’ nine seasons at the helm of Bluejay baseball. Creighton has 39 hits in the three games in Springfield, holding a .361 batting average and scoring 26 runs. Leading the charge offensively is Mike Gerber who is hitting .583 with a .917 slugging percentage in the three starts. Gerber also has six RBI in the tournament. The Bluejay pitching staff has a 1.67 ERA in the MVC Tournament, holding opponents to a .196 average against. Saturday’s starter – Ty Blach – threw a one-hit complete game shutout in the tournament opener against Indiana State, and is one of three Jays (Mark Winkelman and Chase Webb) who enter the finals with a flawless 0.00 ERA in tournament play.
The Bluejays start the MVC Tournament 3-0 for the first time since the 2009 season. Creighton has started the MVC Tournament 3-0 just twice now under Ed Servais, accomplishing it in 2009 and now in 2012. The Jays started last year 1-1 and had to battle back through the losers bracket to win the schools second MVC Tournament title (also in 2007).
Creighton has won its last seven MVC Tournament games dating to last season. A win on Saturday will make the Bluejays the first club to win eight straight MVC Tournament contests since Wichita State won nine in a row, spanning the 1998-2000 tournaments.
The Bluejays are looking to become the first No. 8 seed to win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The lowest seed to win the tournament was No. 6 Illinois State in 1994.