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Creighton hosts Kansas State tonight at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
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Baseball Hosts Kansas State Tonight at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton Baseball team faces off with Kansas State in a midweek battle on Tuesday, April 30.

4/30: Kansas StateCreighton - 6:30 p.m. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
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Tuesday’s game will be carried locally on Nebraska Education Television (NET).  Kevin Kugler and John Bishop have the call.

Radio/Web Broadcast
The radio broadcasts of Creighton Baseball feature John Bishop and Dave Gustafson, however Bishop will move to NET for the Tuesday night contest.  Stepping in to team with Gustafson will be Jake Ryan.  The broadcast is streamed free of charge at Tuesday’s call begins at 6:15 p.m.

The Bluejays closed play in the TD Ameritrade Classic with a 2-1 mark, defeating Nebraska (5-3) & Rutgers (3-2 in 11 innings) before falling to Oklahoma State (5-6) on Sunday, April 28.

The Jays host Kansas State in a midweek battle on Tuesday, April 30th at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha at 6:30 p.m.  The game will be carried on Nebraska Educational Televisions (NET).

Creighton begins a pivotal stretch of its Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) season with three games  at Illinois State over the weekend (May 3-5).  

Jays vs. Kansas State
The Wildcats hold a 47-36-1 series edge on Creighton, however the Jays have won seven of the meetings betweent the two squads under coach Servais.  Creighton has won each of the last three battles as the two teams played once in 2009 (5-1), 2010 (7-4) and 2011 (7-6). Creighton also holds an 18-10 series edge in games played in Omaha.

Scouting the Wildcats (31-14, 9-6 Big 12)
Kansas State returns to Nebraska (the Wildcats played in Lincoln last Wednesday) for the second time in seven days.  The Wildcats took two of three at home from TCU over the weekend and have won 10 of their last 11 games out of conference.  

Boasting one of the best offenses in the country,
Kansas State enters Tuesday’s contest hitting .327.  A model of consistency, each of the eight Wildcats to have started at least 40 games this season all hit between .327 and .358.  Ross Kivett leads the way from Kansas State with a .358 average.  Kivett also is a threat on the basepaths with a team best 19 stolen bases.

On the mound the Wildcats have a team ERA of 3.86 and will send sophomore Matt Wivinis to the hill to start the game.  Wivinis was the Kansas State starter in its 2-1 win over TCU on Saturday, but pitched just three innings.  Wivinis has a 4.65 ERA and a 6-1 mark in 11 appearances.  

Defensively the Wildcats have committed 43 errors this season in 45 games for a .975 fielding percentage.

Bluejay Acorns

  • Creighton is 4-0 in midweek contests.
  • The Bluejays are 10-2 in night games.
  • Creighton is 19-3 when drawing five or more walks.
  • The Jays are 12-1 when scoring in the first
  • inning & 13-1 when scoring first.
  • The Jays is 21-1 when outhitting their
  • opponent.
  • Creighton is 8-1 in freshman Tommy Strunc’s nine starts.
  • Mark Winkelman has 122 career appearances for the Jays, the rest of the Creighton bullpen (minus Strunc & Musec) has a combined 109 appearances.
  • The Bluejays enter the weekend hitting .302, 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 nine saves, the Jays had eight saves during the 2012 season.
  • The Jays bullpen is 13-3 with a 3.11 ERA and nine saves in 150.1 innings (52 ER) 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 and five outfield assists.

TD Tidbits

  • Historical Matchup: Creighton’s first win at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha (TDAPO) came on April 22, 2011 against Southern Illinois, 5-4 in 10-innings.
  • Pitcher’s Paradise: In its brief history, TDAPO hasn’t been kind to hitters.  The combined average is just .242 (1597-of-6586).
  • Home Field Advantage: The Bluejays have started to learn how to take advantage of their spacious new home, in their 15 games at
  • TDAPO this season, the Jays at hitting .311 (151-of-311).
  • No Fly Zone: In 100 games at TDAPO only 47 balls have left the yard.  There has never been a walk-off home run, nor back-to-back blasts.  
  • Staehely Skies: In 38 games in TDAPO over the past two season, Creighton has just two long balls.  Both courtesy of senior Alex Staehely on March 31, 2012 & April 19, 2013.
  • Don’t Call it a Comeback: Teams are a combined 84-2 when leading after eight innings. Creighton is 32-0 at TDAPO when leading
  • after eight.  The Jays also own both victories when trailing after eight, including a 3-2 (11) win over Rutgers on April 27.
  • Free Baseball for the Fans:  Creighton is 5-1 in extra-inning games at TDAPO.

Finally, Kansas State Comes to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
After playing the final game before Creighton called TD Ameritrade Park Omaha its home on April 12, 2011, the Wildcats will be part of the 101st game at TDAPO on Tuesday.

All McKewon, All the Time
Junior Brad McKewon delivered each of Creighton’s three runs scored in the Jays’ 3-2 (11) win over Rutgers on April 27.  Brad reached base in five of his six trips to the plate.  

Peter Named to Olerud Watch List
Sophomore Jake Peter was one of 24 players named to the 2013 Olerud Award Watch List on Friday, April 26.  Jake leads Creighton at the plate with a .381 average and also has a team-best 1.54 ERA in 12 appearances this season.  Serving as the Jays’ starting second baseman and closer, Peter earned his first victory of the season on Saturday and collected his sixth save Friday night.  At the plate the Mason City, Iowa native delivered the game-tying RBI in Saturday’s win over Rutgers (4-3 in 11 innings) and stroked a two-run double in the 8th to tie Creighton’s game with Oklahoma State at 5-5.

Injury Bug Bites Again
For the third time in 2013 the Jays are forced to play without a starter as junior Mike Gerber is out for at least the week as he recovers from a successful appendectomy.  Creighton lost junior Federico Castagnini and freshman Reagan Fowler for differeing four games stretches with a concussion.

Be Very, Very Quiet – We’re Hunting Records
Seniors Mark Winkelman and Alex Staehely continued their climb to the top of Creighton’s all-time record last weekend.  With two appearances on the hill, Winkelman had appeared in 122 games for the Bluejays.  Winkelman is just one off the program record of 123 by Scott Reese from 2004-07.  Staehely, meanwhile, notched his 13th career sacrifice fly on Sunday to move into a tie for fifth place all-time.  He also moved into second in assists for the Jays with 605 in his career.  Staehely trails Ken Sarna’s (1997-2000) record of 662 by 57.

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