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Creighton opens its BIG EAST Road Scheule at Villanova this weekend.
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Baseball Faces Villanova in First BIG EAST Road Series

OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton Baseball looks to continue its hot start in BIG EAST play as the Bluejays play their first road series as a member of the conference at Villanova from April 17-19.
Creighton at Villanova
Villanova Ballpark
at Plymouth
April 17 @ 2:15 pm
April 18 @ 2:30 pm
April 19 @ 11:15 am
Creighton leads series, 1-0
Live Stats
The direct link for all games are provided on the Creighton website:

http://www.gocreighton.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=1000

Live Audio
This is no video available for the Bluejays’ games with Villanova.  However live audio is provided by Villanova at http://www.villanova.com/allaccess/?media=436789. There is a charge for the broadcast. NOTE:  You must actively discontinue or a charge will be automatically added each month.

Last Week
The Bluejays dropped a midweek game with Nebraska but came back to sweep its opening series as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, taking three from Georgetown.

Present
Creighton hits the road for the first time in conference play as the Bluejays face Villanova on Thursday - Saturday.
 
Looking Ahead
Next week is a packed schedule as Creighton hosts Omaha and Iowa in midweek contests before welcoming Butler for the weekend set.

Creighotn vs. Villanova Series
Creighton and Villanova have met just once previously, that coming in 1984 as the Bluejays posted a 5-4 win on March 10 in games played in Miami, Florida.

About Villanova
  • Located in Villanova, Pa.
  • Villanova has an enrollment of 6,584.
  • Known as the Wildcats.
  • Villanova finished 2013 with an
  • 14-40 record and an 5-19 mark in the BIG EAST.
  • The Wildcats return four field starters from its 2013 season.

Scouting the Wildcats (10-22, 2-4 BIG EAST)
After opening 2014 with just two wins in their first 11 games, the Wildcats have played much better baseball.

Villanova opened BIG EAST play with its first series win of the season, taking two of three from St. John’s (April 4-6).  Xavier, however, swept the Wildcats last weekend.

A 5-6 team at home, Villanova is led by Max Beermann at the dish.  Beerman is leading the Wildcasts with a .333 average, 38 hits, 11 doubles and is second on the squad with 21 RBI. As a team, Villanova is hitting .231 with 259 strikeouts in 32 games, just over eight per game.  

On the mound the Wildcats have a team ERA of 5.24.  Closer Matthew Meurer has been the most consistent pitcher for Villanova, posting a 1.30 ERA in 16 appearances including four saves.  

Bluejays Shine in BIG EAST Opener
The expectations put on Creighton as the preseason favorite in the BIG EAST were justified as Creighton swept its first conference series, taking three from Georgetown by a combined score of 31-9 (2-0, 13-4 & 16-5).

It Might Be, It Could Be, It Is. Fitzgerald Homers to Center
Sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald became the first player to home to center field in the history of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, doing it with style as he delivered an inside-the-park grand slam in Creighton’s 16-5 win over Georgetown on April 12.

Reagan Remembers DC Pitching Fondly
Sophomore Reagan Fowler was 8-15 (.533) with four extra base hits and eight RBI, earning the BIG EAST Player of the Week nod on Monday, April 14.

Fowler helped Creighton open its first BIG EAST season with three victories over Georgetown, posting seven hits in 11 at-bats (.636) versus the Hoyas.  During the four games this week, Fowler was 8-for-15 (.533) with seven runs scored and eight RBI.  He smacked four extra base hits (three doubles and a triple) all against Georgetown.

His efforts gave Creighton a 2-0 lead in the first inning of both games on Saturday, slicing a two-run double in the opener and a two-run triple in the second game of the doubleheader.  In the first game on Saturday, Fowler added a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning, which proved to be the game-winning RBI.

Lahn Delivers in a Pinch
Senior Ben Lahn blasted a three-run home run in a pinch-hitting role on Saturday, April 12 to cap the scoring in Creighton’s 16-5 win over Georgetown.  Lahn came to the plate in the seventh and blasted his first home run as a Bluejay over the left field wall. It was the first pinch-hit home run in TDAPO history.

Record Setting Game for Creighton
Creighton’s 16-5 win over Georgetown in the second game of doubleheader on April 12 gave the Bluejays a tie of the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha (TDAPO) record for most hits in a game with 16.  The Bluejays also took sole possession of another TDAPO record six Creighton hits were hit by a pitch in the win.

Warren Hits Heights Last Seen By Blach
Sophomore Matt Warren tossed the first complete game as well as the first shutout by a Bluejay since Ty Blach did so on May 22, 2012 in his 2-0 win over Georgetown on April 11.  

Warren set a new career high, allowing just two hits in nine innings for his seventh straight win in 2014 and eighth consecutive overall.

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