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Bluejay Baseball Faces San Diego in Elimination Game on Saturday

Game 56 - Creighton Baseball Updated Notes
San Diego Toreros (40-16) vs. Creighton Bluejays (26-29)
Saturday, June 2 - 3 pm Pacific (5 pm Central)

- Saturday will mark the first meeting between Creighton and San Diego.

- Creighton and San Diego have three common opponents this season in Pacific, Portland and BYU.  Creighton went 2-1 vs. Pacific, 0-2 vs. Portland and 1-0 vs. BYU for a collective 3-3 mark.  The Toreros went 2-0 vs. Pacific, 1-2 vs. Portland and 3-0 vs. BYU for a combined 6-2 record.

- Creighton and San Diego have relatively little in common, though they share at least one common player. Casey Schmidt was a freshman All-American at Creighton in 2007 after a 6-1 season that included victories in the MVC Tournament title game (vs. Wichita State) and in the 2007 NCAA Tournament (vs. Albany).  Schmidt missed the 2008 season with an arm injury, sat out the 2009 season after transferring to San Diego, and was 1-1 in seven appearances (three starts) for the Toreros in 2010. Schmidt was a 15th-round pick of the Mets following the 2010 season, and is no longer in professional baseball.

- Creighton Baseball alum Dennis Rasmussen spent parts of five seasons with the San Diego Padres, ending his Major League Baseball career with 91 overall wins. In addition, Alan Benes, brother of former Padres No. 1 overall pick Andy Benes, played at Creighton before an MLB career that saw him win 29 games.

- Yesterday marked the seventh time this season that Creighton was shutout, three of which have come while Ty Blach was on the mound for CU. Creighton has scored five total runs in the six games that Blach was charged with a loss in this season. Creighton's two hits vs. UCLA were a season-low, and fewest since Wichita State's Jordan Cooper one-hit the Bluejays in a seven-inning game on May 16, 2009.
                The seven shut outs mark the most in a single season in program history.  The Bluejays were shut out four times in each of the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

- Despite its 26-29 overall record, Creighton's pitching staff owns a 3.42 ERA. That figure would rank second-best in Ed Servais' nine-year tenure, trailing only the 3.35 ERA by last year's club. It's worth noting that after 55 games last year, Creighton owned a 3.43 ERA and a 41-14 record. Both the 2011 and 2012 teams had a .979 fielding percentage after 55 contests.

- One reason for Creighton's success during the MVC Tournament was its hitting with runners on base and with two outs, going 33-for-82 (.402) with men on base and 17-for-49 (.347) with two outs. Last night, the Jays were 0-for-9 with runners on base, and were also 0-for-9 with two outs.

- Creighton is seeking to avoid its first 0-2 NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2000 club went 0-2. CU's 2005 team went 2-2, while its 2007 and 2011 entrants were both 1-2 in Regional play.

- Chance Ross is currently on a 13 game reach-base safely streak, the second longest of his Bluejay career.  The senior, who spent a majority of the season as the leadoff batter in the Bluejay lineup, started off the season with a 19 game streak.

- Ty Blach threw first pitch strikes to 17 of the batters he faced in the Regional opener, finishing with 108 pitches on the night.  Blach struggled in the first three innings, throwing 52 pitches through the opening trio.

- Blach has all four complete games this season for the Bluejays.  All four of the complete games have come within the last month, with his first coming on May 4 at Bradley.  He has now thrown eight games of at least 7.0 innings of work this season. Blach's four complete games are the most by a Bluejay since Jeff Daneff had four in 2003.

- The Bluejays hit nine infield pop-flies in the opening round loss to UCLA.  Creighton had a season-high 17 fly outs in the 4-0 loss on April 21 at Southern Illinois.  Ty Blach was also on the mound in that loss.

- The Bluejays are just 5-20 when opponents score first, dropping to just 1-8 when the opponent scores in the first inning.  UCLA put up three runs in the first two innings of the game on Friday night, one in the first to become the first team to score in the opening frame on Creighton since Dallas Baptist scored one run in the first frame in the 8-6 DBU win on May 13, 2012.

- Bluejay head coach Ed Servais is now 4-7 in NCAA Tournaments games while at the helm of Creighton baseball.

-The nation's No. 5-rated league on Selection Monday, the Missouri Valley Conference went 0-3 on Friday. Third-seeds Missouri State and Indiana State lost to UCF (2-1) and Cal State Fullerton (9-5), respectively, while fourth-seeded Creighton fell 3-0 to UCLA. The MVC has won at least one postseason game in every year since 1995, with the exception of 2009.

- Despite an opening-round loss on Friday, Creighton still has reason to believe it can keep winning. Last season, both California and Connecticut lost its Regional opener before winning four straight to win their respective Regionals. Cal would eventually reach the College World Series.

- Creighton and Sacred Heart were the only two teams to enter NCAA Tournament play with a losing record. In the previous five tournaments, 13 teams entered the Regional round with a losing record. Of that grouping, only Utah (2-2 in 2009) won any NCAA Tournament contests.

- Creighton's team is 1-0 in elimination games this year, having overcome 4-0 and 5-1 deficits to post an 8-6 win vs. Southern Illinois in last Saturday's MVC Tournament title game. Last year's club went 4-1 in elimination games.

- Creighton has laid down at least one sacrifice bunt in each of its last 12 games, and now owns 72 sacrifice bunts this season. While an impressive figure for most programs, the 72 bunts is "just" an average season in the Ed Servais era, as his clubs have averaged 75.1 sacrifices per season in his nine-year tenure.

- Last night was just the second time that Creighton has been shutout in 32 all-time games in the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas' Nick Schmidt threw a four-hit shutout in a 2007 elimination game against CU in Fayetteville in the only previous time that Jays had been blanked in the postseason.

- The only other time that Creighton has played on a June 2nd, it was an elimination game in Fayetteville, Ark. On that afternoon, the Jays pounded Albany, 21-11, crushing 21 hits against the Great Danes.

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