OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team faces Omaha (at Werner Park) and North Dakota in five games this week.
Creighton at Omaha
Werner Park - April 2 @ 6:30 p.m.
Creighton leads series, 48-29
2013: Creighton won series, 2-1
North Dakota at Creighton
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
April 4 @ 6:30 p.m.
April 5 (DH) @ 2:00 p.m.
April 6 @ 1:00 p.m.
Creighton leads series, 6-2
2013: Creighton won series, 1-0
The Bluejays limped through a 1-4 week, taking the opening contest from Kansas State on Friday (4-3), but dropped the series to the Wildcats. Creighton also fell to Kansas on Wednesday March 26 and #25 UNLV on March 31.
Creighton is slated to face cross-town rival Omaha on Wednesday, then hosts North Dakota for a four-game series this weekend.
The Bluejays host Nebraska on Tuesday, April 8 before opening their first BIG EAST series agaisnt Georgetown on April 11.
Creighton vs. Omaha Series
Creighton and Omaha have renewed a longstanding rivalry over the past few seasons as the Mavericks have been transitioning to Division I. Creighton owns a 48-29 edge in the series and took two of three from Omaha last season.
North Dakota vs. Creighton Series
North Dakota and Creighton have met eight times previously, with the Bluejays taking the best of the matchups (6-2). Creighton won the only meeting last season by a 4-1 score on March 14. That game was played at the CU Sports Complex.
- Located in Omaha, Nebraska
- Omaha has an enrollment of 15,000.
- Known as the Mavericks.
- Omaha finished 2013 with an
- 27-22 record and an 10-6 mark in the Summit League.
- The Mavericks return seven field starters from its 2013 season.
- Omaha was picked to claim the Summit League for the second consecutive season, however the Mavericks remain ineligible for post-season play (NCAA Tourament) until 2016 due to NCAA regulations for the transition to DI.
Omaha opened the season with four losses in its first five games, since that time though the Mavericks have won 11 of 15 games. Omaha opened Summit League play with two victories over South Dakota State on Sunday, March 30.
Omaha is 5-0 in home games, but will play its first game in Werner Park on Tuesday (against Kansas State).
The Mavericks enter the week hitting .279 as a team, led by starters Alex Schultz (.364), Cole Gruber (.354) and Caleb Palensky (.342).
Omaha is planning to start lefty Steven Schoonover for the third time this season against the Bluejays. He enters the game with a 1.50 ERA, but has only thrown six innings this season. As a team the Mavericks own a 4.27 ERA, surrendering 66 walks in 179 innings.
About North Dakota
- Located in Grand Forks, N.D.
- North Dakota has an enrollment of 15,250.
- North Dakota does not have a mascot since eliminating its old monikor (the Fighting Sioux) in 2012.
- North Dakota finished 2013 with an
- 25-22-1 record and an 13-11 mark in the Western Athletic Conference.
- North Dakota returns eight field starters from its 2013 season.
- North Dakota was picked to finish ninth in the Western Athletic confererence (10 teams) preseason poll, just ahead of Chicago State.
It would be an understatement to say that North Dakota stumbled out of the gate as the team dropped its first nine games and 12 of its opening 14.
Despite the slow start North Dakota has opened play in the WAC at 6-3, including a four-game winning streak.
North Dakota has both its midweek games cancelled by weather.
Hitting .245 as a team, Ryan Reese leads UND with a .345 average (20 hits in 58 AB).
On the hill, North Dakota has a 5.10 ERA with 71 walks in 151.2 innings this season.
Change at the Top
Monday’s game against #25 UNLV saw a new name at the top of the lineup as for the first time in 78 games (since 2012) Brad McKewon did not lead off for the Bluejays. Junior Jake Peter took on that role, while McKewon slid to second in the order.
Return to Werner Park
For the second time in two seasons the Bluejays will face off with the Omaha Maverickss in the home of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals), Werner Park. Last season Creighton enjoyed the facility, taking the game 11-4 on March 30. In that game Jerry Mitchell, Reagan Fowler and Ryan Fitzgerald each finished with two RBI.
Warren Time’s is NOW
Sophomore Matt Warren is locking up the role of ace for the Bluejays, pushing out to a 5-0 mark in 2014. Warren picked up his fifth win, limiting Kansas State to one unearned run in Creighton’s 4-3 win on Friday, March 28. His efforts earned Warren a second spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll.