Creighton Baseball (45-14) vs. Oregon State Beavers (39-17)
Updated Notes - June 4, 2011
NCAA Tournament -- Corvallis Regional - Corvallis, Ore.
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Creighton is looking to start 2-0 in Regional play for just the second time in program history. Creighton's 1991 team also headed West for a Regional at a Pacific-10 Conference school (at USC) and went 4-0 to advance to the program's only College World Series in school history.
Creighton improved to 13-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament play with yesterday's 2-1 win over Georgia. Head coach Ed Servais is now 4-4 in NCAA Tournament games as coach of Creighton.
Now in his eighth season at the helm, Ed Servais owns 299 career wins at Creighton and can reach 300 victories with a win on Saturday. He is the winningest baseball coach in school history.
Creighton has played its best in pressure-packed situations all season long. The Bluejays are 19-6 in one-run games and a perfect 6-0 in extra inning contests. The Jays have won eight straight games decided by two runs or less dating to May 13th.
Creighton has played some of its best ball of the season against its top competition. Yesterday's win over Georgia moved Creghton to 6-0 against NCAA Tournament teams this season. The Jays are the only team in the field that has not lost to an NCAA Tourney qualifier this season, as both Manhattan and Wright State saw their previously perfect records dashed yesterday. Creighton is 9-4 this year against teams with a Top-64 RPI.
Creighton was one of the rare No. 2 seeds to win on Friday, as No. 2 seeds went 5-11 against third-seeds on the opening day of the postseason.
Creighton has won each of its last five games, despite hitting just .218 in those contests. The biggest reason Creighton keeps on winning is its pitching, which owns a 1.50 ERA in those contests and has held foes to a .187 average.
Creighton has not allowed a home run in the last 17 games, a span of 157.2 innings, 570 at-bats, and 657 plate appearances, since Wichita State's Tyler Grimes went yard on May 6, 2011, in the eighth inning.
Creighton has trailed in 21 of its 45 victories this season, and twice Creighton has rallied from six runs down to win games this season. The Jays trailed New Mexico 6-0 in an eventual 8-7, 11-inning win at New Mexico on Feb. 27th, and trailed 6-0 before beating Bradley 16-6 in seven innings on May 1st. Creighton trailed 1-0 in the seventh inning yesterday until coming back for a 2-1 triumph.
The 1991 season marks the 20-year anniversary of Creighton's 1991 College World Series team. The group was honored by Creighton April 22-24 and will be honored again in June during the 2011 College World Series. Top names on that squad include head coach Jim Hendry (current GM Of the Chicago Cubs), and future first-round draft picks Scott Stahoviak, Chad McConnell and Alan Benes. The Bluejays went 2-2 in 1991, becoming the first school from Nebraska to reach as well as win games in the CWS. Creighton's two wins are twice as many as all other schools from the state of Nebraska combined in CWS action.
If there is one thing Creighton has proven in the past two weeks, it is that it doesn't need to score big to win. Creighton is 11-2 in its last 13 games despite scoring six runs or fewer in each contest, and only outscoring foes 45-38 in those 13 games.
Creighton's 45-14 record is tied for the best mark after 59 games in program history. The 2005 team was also 45-14 after 59 games.
Trever Adams has reached base safely in 43 straight games. It's Creighton's longest streak since at least 2000.
Trever Adams owns 152 total bases on the season, most by a Bluejay since 1999 (Ryan Gripp and Peyton Lewis), and one away from a spot in the top-10 in Creighton single-season history.
Anthony Bemboom owns 22 RBI this season, but Friday marked the first time he had the game-winning RBI for Creighton. The junior C/LF is no stranger to postseason success, as last year he helped Iowa Western CC to a NJCAA national title, earning All-Tournament honors at catcher ahead of the future No. 1 draft pick Bryce Harper.
Creighton's Friday night starter for much of the season, sophomore LHP Ty Blach will start for Creighton on Saturday. Blach, a second-team all-MVC pick, is 10-2 on the season and along with Jonas Dufek (12-1) makes Creighton one of four teams nationally (Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Virginia) with two pitchers owning 10 or more wins.
Ty Blach was named a third-team Academic All-American late last month. Blach will become just the fourth Bluejay baseball player to be named Academic All-American and compete in an NCAA Tournament in the same season, joining Ernie Rongish (1973), Dan Lawler (1999 and 2000) and Zach Daeges (2005).
Creighton is 14-4 when sophomore Ty Blach pitches this season, including 13-4 mark in his starts. In 28 career starts, he's allowed more than 3 earned runs just four times. Blach owns a 13-5 record with a 2.89 ERA in his two-year career with the Jays.
Jonas Dufek joined some elite company with his complete-game victory over Georgia yesterday. Dufek is Creighton's is just the second player to hurl a complete game in the postseason in Creighton history, joining Mike Heathcott. Heathcott did it to open both the Regionals (May 24 vs. Pepperdine) and College World Series (June 1 vs. Clemson) in Creighton's memorable 1991 campaign.
Speaking of Jonas Dufek, his 10 strikeouts also made history. It was a postseason record for a Creighton pitcher, two more than the mark set three times previously.
Creighton has not played a ranked team all season, while Oregon State is ranked No. 13 nationally. The last time Creighton beat a team ranked No. 13 or better was on May 10, 2007, when the Jays topped No. 3 Nebraska, 5-3, before 20,011 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Creighton is 0-2 all-time against Oregon State, with both meetings coming in 1996.