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Creighton to Face South Dakota State, Open MVC Play at Evansville

OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton Baseball hosts South Dakota State on March 20, then opens Missouri Valley Conference play at Evansville from March 22-24.

3/20: South Dakota State @ Creighton - 4 p.m. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
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3/22: Creighton @ Evansville - 6 p.m. (Braun Stadium)
Radio Broadcast: 1180 KZOT
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3/23: Creighton @ Evansville - 2 p.m. (Braun Stadium)
Radio Broadcast: 1180 KZOT
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3/24: Creighton @ Evansville - 1 p.m. (Braun Stadium) Radio Broadcast:
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Last Time Out
The Jays kicked off their home schedule with a victory over North Dakota (4-1) on Thursday, March 14, followed by taking two of three the Pacific Tigers (7-2 on March 15, 2-5 on March 16
 & 5-2 on March 17).

This Week
Creighton hosts South Dakota State on Wednesday, March 20 then begins the Missouri Valley Conference schedule this weekend at Evansville (March 22-24).

Live Stats & Twitter
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Radio Broadcasts
The commercial radio broadcasts of Creighton Baseball continue on Friday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. as John Bishop and Dave Gustafson can be heard on KZOT 1180 Zone2 on both Saturday, March 23 (1:45 p.m.) and Sunday, March 24 at 12:45 p.m.

What’s Next?
Following the four-game set this week, Creighton travels to Iowa city, Iowa for a single game with the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday, March 27, then faces Nebraska Omaha for a three game set from March 29-31.  The Jays and Mavericks will play on Friday and Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, while Saturday’s contest will be played at the Mavericks home, Werner Park.

Jays vs. South Dakota State
Creighton has a 15-5 series edge on South Dakota State.  The two squads split two contests last season as the Jackrabbits downed the Jays, 5-2, on April 13.  Two days later Creighton returned the favor with a 6-5 win.  The first meeting between the two teams came in 1969 (a South Dakota State win, 3-2).  Coach Servais has an 11-4 mark versus South
Dakota State.  

Scouting the Jackrabbits (10-7)
South Dakota State comes to Omaha after taking two of three from Saint Louis last weekend.  The Jackrabbits do not play this weekend, facing
Creighton  on Wednesday and will not play again until March 27 at Minnesota. 

Sophomore Adam Bray will get the start for South Dakota State, he will be making his fifth appearance in 2013 and his fourth start.  Bray has a 2-1 record with a 3.12 ERA in 17.1 innings.

At the plate the Jackrabbits turn to seniors Daniel
Telford and Andrew Melton.  Telford is tied for the team lead with a .444 average (12-for-27). Melton leads the team with 23 hits, including six doubles and also has a team-best 10 RBI.

Last two seasons vs. South Dakota State
March 11, 2011     W, 6-0
March 12, 2011    W, 6-3
March 13, 2011    W, 13-0
April 13, 2012    L, 2-5
April 15, 2012    W, 6-5

Jays vs. Evansville
Creighton holds a 40-35 series edge over Evansville, but the Jay have dropped three of the last four meetings.  Under coach Servais, Creighton has a 21-9 mark against Evansville.  The first meeting
between the two squads came in 1993, a 4-3
Creighton win.

Scouting the Purple Aces (7-11)
Evansville dropped two of three contests last
weekend against Purdue, salvaging a 15-1 win on Sunday.  The Purple Aces are 3-3 this season against common opponents of the Jays (Arkansas-Little Rock & Milwaukee, Creighton played both in the Austin Peay tournament, going 2-0). 

The strength of the Evansville appears to be their starting rotation as both projected starter for the opening two games enter with a 2.65 ERA.  Sophomore Kyle Freeland and senior Kyle Lloyd have each thrown 34.0 innings this season, recording 35 and 41 strikeouts, respectively. 

Offensively the Purple Aces have just two players hitting over .300, junior Jake Mahon and sophomore  Kevin Kaczmarski.  Mahon leads the team at .348 (24-for-69), he has a combined seven extra-base hits and is second on the team with 12 RBI.  Kaczmarski is Evansville’s lead-off hitter.  He has a team-high five stolen bases.  The Purple Aces’ most dangerous hitter, however, may be senior Jason Hockemeyer.  The cleanup hitter has a team-high 13 RBI and a .475 on-base percentage.  Hockemeyer leads the team with 19 walks this season.

Last two seasons vs. Evansville
May 13, 2011    W, 2-1
May 14, 2011     W, 4-0
May 15, 2011    L, 1-10
March 30, 2012    L, 4-8
March 31, 2012    W, 3-2
April 1, 2012    L, 0-1

Peter Named MVC Player of the Week (March 18)
Creighton sophomore Jake Peter was named the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Week on Monday, March 18.

Peter was 12-for-20 (.600) in five games last week, delivering seven RBI to lead Creighton to a 4-1 record. He also earned his first two saves as a Bluejay, tossing perfect ninth innings against North Dakota (March 14) and Pacific (March 17).

At the plate, Jake had three multi-hit games, including back-to-back four-hit contests against Pacific on March 16 & 17. Peter became the first Bluejay to have four hits in consecutive games since 2003, when Ryan Fitzgerald did it on April 1 & 4. Peter finished the week with a .800 slugging percentage, highlighted by a three-run home run against Southeast Missouri State on March 12.  Peter also worked three walks and scored three runs this week.

Peter is the second Bluejay to nab the MVC Player of the Week (POTW) award, senior Alex Staehely earned the honor following the first week of the season on Feb. 20.  This is Peter’s first POTW honor. 

Winkelman Chasing History
Senior Mark Winkelman is closing in on the Creighton record for career appearances.  With nine in 2013, Mark is up 108 in his career.  

Pitching Appearances in a Career
App.    Name    Year
123    *Scott Reese    2004-07
115    Jack VanLeur    2008-11
110    Pat Venditte    2005-08
108    Mark Winkelman    2010-pres.
97    Steve Grasley    2001-04
95    Bobby Lackovic    2007-10
88    Brandon Bird    2001-05
86    Kurt Spomer    2009-12
75    Brian O’Brien    1991-93
74    Brian O’Connor    1990-93
*MVC record

Jays Showing Valley How to Swing the Stick
Creighton’s .305 team batting average leads the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).  Sophomores Jake Peter and Kevin Lamb are one-two in the MVC at .433 & .405 respectively.  Freshman Reagan
Fowler is fifth overall at .380.

With four hits on March 15 & 16, sophomore Jake Peter became the first Bluejay to have four hits in consecutive games since 2003, when Ryan Fitzgerald did it on April 1 & 4.

Emerging Ace
Freshman Tommy Strunc continued to make his case as the Jays ace in 2013.  Strunc authored his best
outing of the season on Friday, March 16, limiting Pacific to two runs on three hits in 7.1 innings.  Strunc held the Tigers by the toe through seven,
surrendering just two hits before tiring in the eighth

New Closer?
Not only did Peter impress at the plate, he dominated on the hill, tossing perfect ninth innings against North Dakota (March 14) and Pacific (March 17).

Fowler = Run
Freshman Reagan Fowler is becoming a run producing magnet.  From March 14-19, Fowler reached base 10 times, scoring seven of those times.  The first baseman was 8-for-19 (.421) with one walk and one HBP and also collected two stolen bases.

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