Creighton Baseball Opens 2013 at Dallas Baptist

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Following back-to-back MVC Tournament Title, the Jays begin the quest for three straight at Dallas Baptist
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OMAHA, Neb. - Following back-to-back MVC Tournament Title, the Jays begin the quest for three straight at Dallas Baptist on Feb. 15-17. 

Creighton Bluejays (0-0) at Dallas Baptist (0-0)
Horner Ballpark: Feb. 15 @ 6:30 pm • Feb. 16 @ 2 pm • Feb.  17 @ 1 pm
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First Pitch for 2013
The Bluejays open the 2013 facing a stern test as Creighton travels to Dallas, Texas for a three-game set at Dallas Baptist.

The Patriots took two of three from the Jays last season in Omaha and have been a perennial NCAA Tournament team since transitioning to a Division I program in 2006. 

Creighton baseball can be heard on the internet all weekend, with Yano Mangiamelli calling the action via Teamline with a link on the www.gocreighton.com website.   Also follow live stats at www.gocreighton.com and updates via Twitter @gocreighton and @cu_baseball.

What’s Next?
Following the Dallas Baptist series, the Bluejays head to the Lamar Tournament in Beaumont, Texas.  Creighton will play two games against Washington and two against Lamar in the three day tournament.

Probable Pitching Starters
Creighton vs. Dallas Baptist

Friday - Nick Musec (RHP - Sr.)  vs.  Jake Johansen (RHP - Jr.)               
Saturday - Tommy Strunc (RHP - Fr.)  vs. Cy Sneed (RHP - So.)
Sunday - Jake Peter (RHP - So.) vs. Cory Taylor (RHP - Fr.)

Opening Day
In the 44 recorded openers, Creighton is 22-22, including the 4-3 win at Central Arkansas in the opener last season. Creighton has won six of the nine  season openers under Ed Servais, including the last three.

    Date     Opponent                 Score     Location
 
   2/17/12    Central Arkansas    W, 4-3    Conway, Ark.
    2/19/11     Toledo                  W, 5-1     Cary, N.C.
    2/20/10     SIU Edwardsville     W, 22-0     Conway, Ark.
    2/20/09     Sam Houston St.     L, 8-6     Huntsville, Texas
    2/22/08     Washington St.     W, 8-4     Pullman, Wash.
    2/9/07        Gardner-Webb     W, 4-3     Rock Hill, S.C.
    2/11/06     Ark.-Little Rock     L, 11-12     Little Rock, Ark.
    2/11/05     Sam Houston St.     W, 9-6     Huntsville, Texas
    2/14/04     Southern Utah     L, 10-5     Colorado Springs, Colo.

Scouting the Patriots
The Patriots return four starters and a combined 16 letter winners from the 2012 squad that finished 41-19 and went 2-2 in the Waco Regional of the NCAA Tournament.  Anchoring the Dallas Baptist pitching staff is projected ace Cy Sneed (8-5, 4.45 ERA in 85.0 innings).  Sneed started 17 games for the Patriots last season, recording 71 Ks in 85 innings. 

The Patriots welcome back four players in the field, including senior outfielder Boomer Collins (who started his college career at Nebraska).  Collins was the Patriots three-hitter last season, closing 2012 with a .374 average.  He led the team with 13 home runs and was second with 58 RBI last season.

Familiar Face
Sneed will look familiar to several Jays as the right-hander earned a victory in the second game of the 2012 season, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.1 innings.

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