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Creighton Baseball looks to return to its winning ways as the Jays host Kansas in a single game on Tuesday, April 16.
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Bluejay Baseball Hosts Kansas

OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton Baseball looks to return to its winning ways as the Jays host Kansas in a single game on Tuesday, April 16.

4/16: KansasCreighton - 6:30 p.m. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
Radio Broadcast: 1620 KOZN
Twitter: @GoCreighton, @cu_baseball
Live Stats: www.gocreighton.com

Past
The Jays suffered its first three-game losing streak of 2013, getting swept by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. last weekend.  

Present
Creighton battles Kansas for the second time in 2013 on Tuesday night.  The Jays took down the Jayhawks in Lawrence, 6-4, on April 2.

Future: Friday, April 19 - Sunday, April 21
The Bluejays welcome in the Southern Illinois Salukis for a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series this weekend.  Two of the three contests will be televised as NET is broadcasting the Saturday game at 2:00 p.m., while ESPNU will air Sunday’s contest at 4:05 p.m.

Jays vs. Kansas
The Bluejays hold a 21-10 series edge on Kansas,
taking the last four meetings, including a 6-4 win earlier this season on April 2.  Coach Servais is 4-5 versus Kansas in eight career meetings.

Last three seasons vs. Kansas
February 22, 2011    W, 4-3
April 26, 2011    W, 5-3
April 3, 2012    W, 7-3
April 2, 2013    W, 6-4

Bold = Creighton Home Game

Scouting the Jayhawks (22-13)
Since falling to the Bluejays (6-4 on April 2), Kansas has rattled off seven wins in nine games, including series wins against Oklahoma State (2-1) and Texas (2-1).  

Offensively Kansas is hitting .283 as a team, led by sophomore Michael Suiter’s .380 mark.  Just a notch back is the Jayhawks most potent power threat,
senior Alex DeLeon at .330.  He boasts a team-high four home runs, 10 doubles and 27 RBI as well.

As are most midweek games, Tuesday’s contest should be a bullpen affair for both teams. Creighton used seven pitchers in the first meeting, while the Jayhawks used five.  Kansas will send senior Tanner Poppe to the hill once again, Poppe allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks in four innings in the first meeting.

Collectively the Jayhawks have a 3.36 ERA.  Anchoring their bullpen is junior Jordan Piché, who has a 0.49 ERA.  In 17 appearances, Piché has allowed just two runs in 36.2 innings, recording seven saves.

Jays Rank 30th Nationally in Attendance
Creighton Baseball continued to rank among the top teams nationally in attendance with a combined 19,093 fans in nine games (2,121 per game).  LSU leads the nation with 268,850 fans at 25 games (10,754 per game).

COX Cable Picks up two Bluejay Contests
Cox Cable and Creighton Baseball agreed to broadcast the Jays’ May 10 & 12 games at Wichita State on Cox channel 126.  

Quick Hits

  • The Bluejays are 6-1 in night games.
  • The Jays are 3-0 in midweek contests.
  • Creighton is 7-1 in freshman Tommy Strunc’s seven starts.
  • Mark Winkelman has 117 career appearances for the Jays, the rest of the Creighton staff has a combined 128 appearances.
  • The Bluejays enter the weekend hitting .297, the second highest mark under head coach Ed Servais (.312 for the 2005 team that reached the NCAA Regionals).
  • Creighton pitching owns an MVC-high eight saves, the Jays had eight saves during the 2012 season.
  • The Jays bullpen is 11-2 with a 2.98 ERA and eight saves in 111.2 innings this season.  The 2012 bullpen went 13-10 with a 3.50 ERA and eight saves in 236.2 innings.
  • Senior Brennan Murphy leads the team with six bunt singles.

Who’s at First
Sunday’s start at first base by sophomore Landon Lucansky marks the first time since 2005 that
Creighton Baseball’s had two players make multiple starts at 1B in same year.  Lucansky has been pressed into action due to starter, freshman Reagan Fowler, suffering a concussion in a collision at first on Friday, April 12.

During that stretch the Jays first basemen have been Darin Ruf (2006-09), Ian Dike (2010), Nick Judkins (2011-12).  This season Fowler started Creighton’s first 25 games, while Lucansky has started the last two.

McKewon Heating Up at the Top
Junior Brad McKewon was a bright spot against Indiana State as the left fielder was 5-for-11 (.455) to lead the Jays.  He also had a team-best three RBI during the weekend.  On the season, McKewon is hitting .256 (45-for-176), but over the last 10 games he is swinging it better than .300 (11-of-36 for .306).

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