Creighton will square off with Nebraska for the fourth time this season in the winners bracket of the Lincoln Regional.CU has won two of the three games against the Cornhuskers with its only loss coming to Nebraska at HaymarketPark on March 29.
Creighton is 10-3 in Adam Schaecher's starts this season. Schaecher has allowed three earned runs or less in all but three of his 37 appearances over the last two seasons, which includes 17 starts. He leads the team with five quality starts this season (six innings or more, three runs or less). He has not faced Nebraska yet this season, and is 0-0 with a 9.64 ERA in four career appearances vs. NU.
Creighton leads the country with 83 double plays this season, a new school record. Adam Schaecher has been on the mound for 15 of those twin-killings, most on the team.
Creighton was one of three #3 seeds to win its first round game in the NCAA Tournament.Of the 15 #3 seeds to play, Creighton, Oklahoma and St. John's all knocked off the # 2 seed.The Sooners beat Southern Miss and the Red Strom topped Virginia.
Creighton's Brandon Bird has not allowed a run in six innings against Nebraska this year.The senior closer has struck out six Cornhuskers while allowing two hits in three appearances.
Creighton's two starters who are former Cornhuskers lead the Bluejays in hitting in the three-games against their former team.Rightfielder Chase Odenreider is hitting .444 while centerfielder Colin Shockey is batting .375 with four RBI.
Much has been written about Creighton's success over Nebraska teams this season, but all of those games have come down to the wire. CU's baseball team beat Nebraska twice by a combined three runs. In both those contests, Nebraska had the potential go-ahead run at the plate when the game ended. CU's men's basketball team beat the Huskers (50-48) by two on a last-second jumper by Kellen Miliner, while the Jays women's basketball team won by one point (58-57) over NU after a last-second defensive stand.
With a win today, Creighton would win three straight games vs. Nebraska for the first time since a six-game streak over NU from May 1, 1991 to March 27, 1993.
With a win on Saturday vs. Nebraska, Creighton (currently 47-15) would move 33 wins over .500 for the first time in school history. Regardless of how they finish the rest of the season, Creighton will finish 30 or more games over .500 for the first time in school history.
Creighton and Nebraska have played in front of 34,301 fans in their three previous meetings, including 20,011 fans that saw the 100th all-time meeting at Rosenblatt Stadium on May 10th. That figure ranks as the largest single-game crowd of the season in the country. Creighton's last trip to Hawks Field on March 29 attracted 7,278 fans, which established a regular-season Hawks Field record (since broken).
Creighton's relievers have allowed just 3-of-17 inherited Nebraska runners to score this season. Over the last two games, both CU victories, CU's bullpen has stranded all 12 runners is has inherited.
Creighton, which will bat as the home team today, owns a 24-3 record this season when batting last this year. Creighton is 1-0 vs. Nebraska when batting as the home team this season, defeating the Huskers 4-3 on April 5th in Rosenblatt Stadium.
Nebraska's defense has been flawless in 110 chances in the field vs. Creighton this season. Every other team that Creighton has played this season has made at least one error against the Bluejays.
Creighton has won each of its last eight games when scoring in the second inning. For the year, CU has outscored its' opponents 61-28 in the second frame.
Tony Daniel had a double and triple vs. NC State to extend his hitting streak to a career-long eight games. In that time, Daniel is hitting .429 (12-28) with eight RBI and five extra base hits.
Tony Daniel's seventh-inning triple was his first since he had five three-baggers in his sophomore season.He had made 506 plate appearances since his last three-base hit, which happened on April 20, 2003 vs. Northern Iowa.
Prior to yesterday, Creighton had thrown five pitchers or more in all five games it had ever played at Hawks Field. The Jays had used 30 pitchers in those five contests, an average of six different hurlers per game.
With its win last night, Creighton improved to 4-0 all-time vs. Atlantic Coast Conference teams in NCAA Tournament play. CU is 0-3 all-time in NCAA play against the current members of the Big 12.
Creighton has now won nine straight games vs. non-league foes and 18 of its last 19. For the season, CU is 26-6 against teams that are not from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Creighton is 36-1 when scoring six runs or more in a game this season. In addition, Creighton is 44-0 under Ed Servais when scoring eight runs or more.
Creighton is now 5-0 in neutral site games this season.
Despite plunking a season-most four North CarolinaState batters, the Creighton pitching staff did not walk any Wolfpack batters. Creighton is now 5-0 when they do not surrender a walk. In its three previous meetings with Nebraska this season, the Jays have walked 20 batters.
Creighton has been hit by a school-record 95 pitches this season. Prior to 2005, only 12 teams in NCAA history had been beaned by more than 90 pitches in a season.
Senior reliever Brandon Bird has appeared in each of the last eight Creighton-Nebraska match-ups out of the bullpen. In addition, sophomore southpaw Scott Reese has appeared in all six games since joining the Jays last season.
Brandon Bird's brother, Erik, has signed a letter-of-intent to play for Nebraska next fall.
Scott Reese has pitched in 36 games this season, a Bluejay single-season record that is two shy of tying the all-time MVC record. Reese, who threw two innings on Friday, has thrown on back-to-back days (or twice in the same day) seven times this season. In those seven games on the back-end, Reese is 3-0 with two saves and owns a 0.00 ERA in 12.1 innings of work.
Opposing starters pitchers are just 7-33 with a 6.69 ERA vs. Creighton this season. Those seven winning pitchers gave up a combined seven runs to Creighton.
Since losing 2-of-3 games to open the season at SamHoustonState, Creighton's bullpen owns a 25-1 record with 16 saves.
Creighton has outscored opponents 401-156 in its 47 wins, but have been outscored 102-37 in its 15 losses. Zach Daeges has 56 RBI's in Creighton's 47 wins, but just two RBI in its 15 losses.
Creighton is 33-4 when scoring first this season but 14-11 when its opponent scores first.
Creighton's pitching staff has allowed just one home run in the last 10 games, a span covering 83.0 innings. In Creighton's last meeting vs. Nebraska, the Cornhuskers hit three solo homers, the most allowed in a game this year by CU's pitching staff.
Chris Gradoville has at least one hit in 18 of his last 21 games. In that time, he's hitting .450 (27-60) with five homers and 19 RBI.
Junior Eric Wordekemper tied his season-high by throwing seven innings vs. North CarolinaState, matching the length of his performance in last week's MVC Tournament. Creighton is now 9-0 this season and 22-1 overall under Ed Servais when its starting pitcher throws seven innings or more.
Creighton is now 10-1 in games that Eric Wordekemper pitches in this season, including a 9-1 mark in his starts. CU has scored six or more runs in every game he's thrown in this season while averaging 9.8 runs in his 10 starts.
Eric Wordekemper has allowed four runs or less in 17 of his last 18 games. All but one of those appearances has come in a starting role.
Eric Wordekemper has thrown 112 innings since he last allowed an unearned run, covering a span of 25 appearances. The only team to score an unearned run off Wordekemper in the last two seasons (127 innings) was Oral Roberts on March 6, 2004.