Creighton Kicks Off Home Schedule with North Dakota and Pacific

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The Creighton baseball team begins it 2013 home schedule on Thursday, March 14 against North Dakota, then will host the Pacific Tigers for a three-game series (March 15-17).
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OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team begins it 2013 home schedule on Thursday, March 14 against North Dakota, then will host the Pacific Tigers for a three-game series (March 15-17).

3/14: North Dakota @ Creighton - 3 p.m. (CU Sports Complex)
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3/15: Pacific @ Creighton - 6 p.m. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
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3/16: Pacific @ Creighton - 2 p.m. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
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3/17: Pacific @ Creighton - 1 p.m. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
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Last Time Out
Playing four games in five days for the first time in 2013, the Bluejays went 3-1.  Creighton just missed sweeping the four games as the Jays ninth inning rally against Austin Peay on Saturday, March 9 came up just short.

This Week
The Jays kick off their home schedule with a single game against North Dakota (7-5-1 as of 3-12-13) on Thursday, March 14, followed by a three game set with the Pacific Tigers (5-10) on March 15-17.

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Radio Broadcasts

The commercial radio broadcasts of Creighton Baseball kick off on Saturday, March 16 at 1:45 p.m. as John Bishop and Dave Gustafson will return to the airwaves for the Jays in 2013.  Bishop and Gustafson can be heard on KOZN 1620 the Zone on both Saturday (1:45 p.m.) and Sunday, March 17 at 12:45 p.m.

What’s Next?
Following the four-game set this week, Creighton welcomes in South Dakota Sate for a single contest on Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m., then the Jays begin their Missouri Valley Conference schedule with three games at Evansville from March 22-24.

Jays vs. North Dakota
Creighton has a 5-2 series edge on North Dakota,
including a 16-3 victory on March 17, 2012.  The first meeting between the two teams came in 1980 (a Bluejay win, 4-3).  Coach Servais has a 3-2 mark versus North Dakota.  Creighton took two of the three meetings between the two squads last season. 

Just North Dakota
Transitioning from their former nickname, the Fighting Sioux, North Dakota does not presently use a moniker. 

Scouting North Dakota (7-5-1)

Entering the game against Wichita State on Wednesday, March 13, North Dakota is 7-5-1 in 2013.  The squad is in the midst of a 29-game road string as North Dakota will not play a home game until April 19.  North Dakota will finish a stretch of six games in seven days against the
Bluejays on Thursday that began on Friday, March 8 with a three-series at Nebraska Omaha.  North Dakota took two of three from the Mavericks. 

North Dakota will likely use several pitchers against the Bluejays.  This season North Dakota has used 11 pitchers, including six different starters.
Offensively the team is hitting a combined .260, led by
senior Kris Kwak, junior Patrick Riewer and sophomore Patrick Vandoorne.  The two Patricks have a combined 21 hits in 66 at-bats, including five doubles.  Kwak, meanwhile, leads North Dakota with 10 RBI in 2013.

Jays vs. Pacific

Creighton and Pacific have met four times previously, with the Jays holding a 3-1 advantage.  The first meeting between the squads came in 1996, a 14-5 Creighton win.  Last season the Jays traveled to Stockton, Calif. taking two-of-three from the host Tigers.

Scouting Pacific (5-10)
The Tigers wrap-up their season long 12-day road trip with three games against the Bluejays from March 15-17.  Pacific opened the trip by taking one-of-three at TCU, then dropped a midweek game at Oklahoma State (11-3) on Tuesday, March 12. 

Starting pitching is the strength of the Tigers, led by Saturday and Sunday starters Cory Popham and Michael Benson.  Popham is 1-0 with a 2.25 and is holding opposing hitters to a .262 average.  Benson, meanwhile is 2-0 (1.78 ERA) with a victory over
Arkansas this season (4-3 on March 3).  Last season the Jays touched Bensen up for five runs in two

Offensively the Tigers are hitting .256 as a team, but sophomore Erik Lockwood and junior Jason
Taasaas can be formidable.  Lockwood leads Pacific with a .383 average (18 hits in 47 at-bats), while Taasaas is the only other Tiger over .300 (.319).

Creighton vs. Pacific in 2012
March 9    W, 11-9
March 10    L, 3-9
March 11    W, 12-2

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