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Creighton, Nebraska host conference opponents

Creighton, Nebraska host conference opponents
Posted at 1:34 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 14:34:53-04

Creighton and Nebraska baseball each hold weekend series this weekend against conference opponents. For Creighton, this is the first conference match-up of the season.

 

The Bluejays will face-off against the Seton Hall Pirates to open up Big East play. Creighton leads the Big East with a record of 18-6, but Seton Hall is just behind with a record of 21-8. Creighton and Seton Hall have developed somewhat of a rivalry after the Bluejays won the season series and claimed two victories over the Pirates in the 2015 Big East Baseball Championship. The Bluejays hold a 7-2 all-time record against Seton Hall.

 

Creighton comes into conference play with a series win against Jacksonville last weekend. The Bluejays have won 18 of their last 21 games, winning their last six consecutive weekend series. Creighton is ranked 29th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 poll.

 

The pitcher to watch for the Bluejays this weekend is Sunday starter Austin Rogalla. Rogalla has allowed just 10 hits and one run in his last 18.1 innings. Against Jacksonville, Rogalla allowed just one run and four hits over eight innings.

 

Seton Hall will be one of the Bluejay’s toughest opponents yet. The Pirates have won 20 of their last 23 games after starting the season with a 2-5 record. Seton Hall also leads the nation in steals with 81 swipes through 28 games. Senior outfielder Derek Jenkins leads the nation with 29 steals.

 

The projected pitching match-up for tonight’s game is Creighton’s Rollie Lacy against Seton Hall’s Shane McCarthy. Lacy holds a 2.52 ERA with a 4-1 record in seven appearances. McCarthy has posted a 3.43 ERA with a 3-2 record in his seven appearances.

 

The series between the Bluejays and the Pirates will begin tonight at 6:30 at TD Ameritrade Park. The series will continue tomorrow afternoon at 2:00, and will wrap up Sunday at noon.

 

The Huskers take on Northwestern in a conference match-up this weekend. Nebraska (20-9, 5-1 Big Ten) comes into the series with Northwestern as the top team in the Big Ten standings. Northwestern (7-22, 1-5 Big Ten) comes in ranked 12th in the conference.

 

Nebraska comes off an 11-6 win against in-state rival Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. Each of the Husker’s nine batters had a hit and scored a run in the victory against the Mavericks.

The Huskers will be back at Hawks Field for its weekend series against Northwestern. The series is set to start tonight at 6:35, continue tomorrow afternoon at 2:05, and wrap up Sunday afternoon at 1:05.