OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton baseball team will face Georgia (31-30) on Friday in the Corvallis Regional, hosted by Oregon State, in NCAA Tournament action. It marks the first time the Bluejays and Georgia will meet on the baseball diamond. Top-seeded Oregon State (38-17) and fourth-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock (24-32) round out the Regional field. Pairings were announced on Monday morning in a nationally-televised broadcast on ESPN. Gametimes will be announced later this afternoon.
This is Creighton's (44-14) ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and first since 2007. The Bluejays enter the NCAA's with an unofficial RPI of 29 after sweeping the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and Tournament titles. Creighton owns three seniors who earned first-team all-MVC honors in 2011, RF Trever Adams (.392, 14 HR, 57 RBI, 14 SB), SS Jimmy Swift (.276, 3 HR, 41 RBI) and RHP Jonas Dufek (11-1, 2.17 ERA, 118 K's). Dufek was named Most Valuable Player of the MVC Tournament after posting a 2-0 record and 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings.
Creighton is coached by Ed Servais (Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1981), who owns a 298-163 record in eight seasons. He is a four-time MVC Coach of the Year (2004, 2005, 2007, 2011), and will become the first baseball coach in school history to lead a team in three different NCAA Tournaments.
The Bluejays hold a 12-16 all-time record in postseason play. Below is a listing of Creighton's past Regionals and the finish:
1973 NCAA District 5 Playoffs (Four-team district at Tulsa, Okla.) 0-2
1990 NCAA Central Regional (Austin, Texas) 2-2
1991 NCAA West I Regional (Los Angeles, Calif.) 4-0
College World Series (Omaha, Neb. 2-2
1992 NCAA Central Regional (Austin, Texas) 1-2
1999 NCAA South Bend Regional 0-2
2000 NCAA Tempe Regional 0-2
2005 NCAA Lincoln Regional 2-2
2007 NCAA Fayetteville Regional 1-2
2011 NCAA Corvallis Regional
Georgia went 31-30 during the season, including a 16-14 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Bulldog closer Tyler Maloof (2-2, 7.92 ERA) leads the nation with 18 saves, while Michael Palazzone (10-4, 3.20 ERA) tops the team in wins. Levi Hyams (.318, 4 HR, 37 RBI) tops the team in hitting, while Kyle Farmer (.304, 7 HR, 53 RBI) leads the team in the power categories. Though the third seed in the Corvallis Regional, the Bulldogs own the best RPI of the foursome at 16, have played the nation's toughest schedule, and own 21 wins against the top-50 in the RPI.
Regional tickets for the Corvallis Regional for purchase are currently available for season ticket holders until Tuesday at noon. The general public may start purchasing all-session tickets starting online (osubeavers.com) at 8 a.m. Wednesday and over the phone (1-800-GOBEAVS) and in person at the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum starting at 9 a.m.
All-session tickets are $100 for reserved seats, $72 for adult general admission and $54 for student general admission seats. All-session tickets are good for the entire regional, with a minimum of six games and a maximum of seven.
Single-game tickets, if available, will go on sale on game day two hours prior to each game. These will be made available at the Goss Stadium ticket window. Fans purchasing at Goss Stadium can only do so with cash or check.
Single-game tickets are $20 for reserved seats, $15 for adult general admission and $12 for student general admission.
Reserved seats are located in the grandstands and all general admission seats are located in the bleachers beyond the outfield fences.
Super Regional rounds will be contested June 10-13. The College World Series, of which Creighton is long-time host, moves to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha this year and will be held June 18-29.