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Sophomore Taylor Elman will start Tuesday's contest for the Bluejays.
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Baseball Heads to Lincoln for Midweek Battle with the Huskers

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team opens its annual three-game series with Nebraska on Tuesday, March 18.  The series is played in three midweek affairs, the first is in Lincoln at 6:35 pm.

The Road So Far
After stumbling out of the gate, the Bluejays have rebounded to win nine of their last 11.

Creighton battles Nebraska on Tuesday, March 18 and hosts Fresno State in a three-game set this weekend.  
Looking Ahead
Creighton is in the midst of an extended stretch of 20 consecutive games in Nebraska, playing just two road contests (one at UNL and one at Omaha).

Creighton vs. Nebraska Series
Located less than an hour apart, Creighton and Nebraska are familiar foes on the baseball field.
Nebraska holds an 82-42-2 series edge on the Jays.The Huskers took the three game series in 2011 & 2012, while Creighton’s last series win came in 2010.  Coach Servais is 12-19 versus Nebraska in his career.  When playing in Lincoln, the Huskers hold a 35-27-1 edge over the Bluejays.

First Nebraska vs. Creighton Meeting Critical
Since head coach Ed Servais took over for Creighton in 2004, the team that has won the first meeting between Nebraska and Creighton has taken the series  each season except 2009 & 2013 when only two games were played.  

Series Record since 2004:
2004: 1-2
2005: 2-3
2006: 0-3
2007: 2-1
2008: 0-3
2009: 1-1
2010: 2-1
2011: 1-2
2012: 1-2
2013: 1-1

Scouting the Huskers (11-7)
Nebraska enters Tuesday’s game with the Bluejays riding back-to-back victories over No. 25 UC Irvine in a double-dip on Saturday, March 15.  

The Huskers also own a victory over No. 1 Oregon State (9-2) on Feb. 21.  Nebraska has won nine of their last 11 games, including a four-game sweep of Creighton’s BIG EAST rival St. John’s.  

Junior southpaw Aaron Bummer is the scheduled starter for Nebraska on Tuesday evening.  He has struggled with his control in the early portion of the season, giving up  12 walks in 18.2 innings.  

The Nebraska offense, however, has been red hot hitting .322 as a team.  Pat Kelly provides the big bat in the middle of the order, leading the team with 18 RBI and a .360 avergage at the dish.  Kelly, however, is just one of seven starters that have started at least 14 games and hit over .300.

Bullpen Continues to Shine as Bluejays Open Home Schedule with Two Wins
Creighton’s pen allowed just one run in 8.2 innings of work as the Bluejays took both games from South Dakota State this weekend in Creighton’s home opening series. Through the first 15 games of the 2014 season, Creighton has been anchored by its bullpen.  The Bluejay bullpen has allowed just 17 earned runs in 76.2 innings for a 2.00 ERA.  The starters, meanwhile, have
allowed 42 runs in 56.1 innings (a 7.43 ERA).

Making the Most of His Chances
Senior Cody Kottich has taken control of the DH role, hitting .294 in five starts.  Kottick burst on the scence with a spot start in the DH role on Sunday, Feb. 23 and the Bellevue native made the most of the opportunity with a 2-for-3 day, including a run scored.  Against South Dakota State he was 1-for-3 in Friday’s contest.

Hitting in a Pinch
After getting just five hits in 40 at-bats from pinch hitters in 2013 (.125), the Bluejays have already equalled that total going 5-for 20 in the first 15 games (.250) off the bench.
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