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John Nasshan had a 1-hit shutout through the first 4.2 innings Sunday.
John Nasshan had a 1-hit shutout through the first 4.2 innings Sunday.
Creighton Breaks Out Late to Complete Sweep
Release: Monday 05/01/2011 
by BradleyBraves.com


OMAHA, Neb. -- Bradley broke out of its recent offensive slump by scoring six runs on 10 hits, but it was not enough to prevent Creighton (31-10, 9-3 MVC) from completing a weekend Missouri Valley Conference baseball series sweep with a 16-6 win Sunday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.

Bradley (20-22, 2-10 MVC) scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead, but the host Bluejays rallied with four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, then ended the game early with an 8-run outburst in the seventh.

Braves starter John Nasshan did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the bottom of the fourth, but the sophomore righthander ran out of gas with two outs in the fifth, when he walked a hitter, hit a batter, gave up an RBI single and another walk, before giving way to reliever Danny Gifford (3-4) after a 3-run double pulled the Bluejays to within 6-4.

Gifford got the first batter he faced in the fifth to end the inning, but Creighton again used some 2-out magic to take the lead in the sixth.  After hitting the leadoff batter, Gifford retired the next two batters, but uncorked a wild pitch to advance the runner before allowing an RBI single through the right side of the infield.  A walk put runners at first and second and Bluejays designated hitter Michael Mutcheson gave Creighton the lead, 8-6, with a 3-run home run.

Bradley closer Justin Ziegler started the seventh inning, but retired only one hitter on a sacrifice fly during Creighton's offensive explosion.  Already with four runs scored in the inning, the Bluejays closed the game out by rapping out four straight doubles.

Eight of Bradley's nine hitters had at least one hit and that lone hitless hitter, catcher James Kottaras (0-for-2), finished with a pair of RBI's.  Designated hitter Greg Partyka was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI and shortstop Jason Leblebijian was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.

The Braves, who will start final exams Thursday, will be off until starting another Valley series at home Friday versus Southern Illinois.  The series will begin with a 6 p.m. first pitch Friday at O'Brien Field and will conclude with noon starts Saturday and Sunday.

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