Baseball Opens Five-Game Week Against Kansas
The Road So Far
Creighton got off to a slow start in the 2014 season, dropping its first four, but the Bluejays have rebounded to win 11 of their last 14 and are a perfect 4-0 at home.
In the midst of an extended stretch at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Creighton will play five games in six days as the Bluejays host Kansas (March 26), Kansas (March 28-30) and UNLV (March 31) this week.
Following UNLV, Creighton takes the short bus ride to Werner Park to play Omaha on April 2 and hosts North Dakota from April 4-6.
Kansas vs. Creighton Series
The Jayhawks and Bluejays continue to face off in midweek contests in 2014. Last
season Creighton got the best of Kansas, taking both meetings. The Bluejays hold the series edge, 22-10. Since coach Servais took the helm for Creighton, the Bluejays are 5-5 vs. Kansas, including five straight.
Kansas State vs. Creighton Series
The Wildcats and Bluejays have met 85 times, with Kansas State holding the series edge 48-36-1. Under Servias, however, Creighton holds a 7-4 edge on Kansas State.
The Wildcats won the lone 2013 meeting, 6-3, on April 30 in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
UNLV vs. Creighton Series
UNLV and Creighton have met nine times, with the Running Rebels holding a 7-2
advantage. Monday will be the first meeting between the two teams since Servais took over as Creighton head coach. The last meeting came on Feb. 23, 2002 a 12-6 win for UNLV in the Running Rebels Tournament.
Scouting the Jayhawks (16-8, 2-1 Big 12)
Entering 2014 picked to finish last in the Big 12 seems to have served as a bit of
motivation for Kansas. The Jayhawks opened the season with a nine straight victories and claimed 11 of their first 12.
The early season success came against some strong competition as Kansas boasts a win at Stanford, a four-game sweep of BYU and a series win (two games to one) over Texas to open Big 12 play.
The Jayhawks bats have been the driving force for them through 24 games as the team is hitting .301, led by four starters at .323 or better.
On the mound Kansa has a team ERA of 3.44 and will send Drew Morovick to the hill against the Bluejays. Morovick has a 3.98 ERA, starting five of seven appearances.
Scouting the Wildcats (14-9, 1-2 Big 12)
Unlike its intrastate rival, Kansas State stumbled out of the gate with five straight losses. The Wildcats lost seven of their first eight games, but rebounded to win 13 straight before dropping the opening series of Big 12 play at Oklahoma.
Kansas State faces former Big 12 foe,
Nebraska, on Wednesday before coming to TD Ameritrade to battle the Bluejays.
Kansas State’s offense remains driven by Ross Kivett and RJ Santigate. The two
seniors are hitting .333 and .366 respectively. Kivett sets the table at the top of the order, scoring a team-high 22 runs. Both Wildcats have shown good speed as they share the team lead with seven stolen bases.
On the mound the Wildcats have struggled a bit. As a team, Kansas State has a 3.97 ERA. Freshman Nate Griep, however, has been stellar in the Sunday starting spot. Griep has a record 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 25.1 innings, including a complete-game shutout of Oklahoma to salvage the third game of the series.
Scouting the Rebels (17-7, 9-3 MWC)
UNLV opened the season with all or nothing series, sweeping Central Michigan and Air Force and getting swept by Tennessee. Through March the Rebels have leveled off, taking two of three from New Mexico,
San Jose State and San Diego State.
Prior to facing the Bluejays in a single game on Monday, March 31, UNLV will take on Nebraska in a three-game set this weekend.
The Rebels enter their trip to the Cornhusker State with a .296 team average, led by six everyday players hitting .311 or better.
Even more impressive, however, is the performance of the Rebels pitching staff. As a unit UNLV has a 2.22 ERA. Three of the four starters boast an ERA under 2.00, while the John Richy is at 2.59.
While no starter has been named, UNLV is expected to hand the ball to Kenny Oakley to start play on Monday. Oakley has a 1.42 ERA in eight appearances, including five starts.