Published Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:28 am
Playing the game is CU’s biggest concern
Creighton at BYU
When: Noon and 3 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Bruce Hurst Field, St. George, Utah

With Brigham Young’s field unplayable, Creighton would have considered just about any alternative that would allow the three-game series to be played.

“After last weekend,’’ Creighton coach Ed Servais said, “not playing was not an option.’’

Servais and his team left Thursday for St. George, Utah, where the Bluejays will square off against BYU on the campus of Dixie State College, which is about 260 miles south of the Cougars’ campus in Provo.

The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday with a single game scheduled for Saturday.

Servais’ desire to make every attempt to find a location to play the series is because his team has not played since opening the season two weeks ago with a sweep of Dallas Baptist. Creighton had to pull out of a tournament at Lamar University last week because of travel complications caused by the winter storm that hit Omaha.

The storm also caused the Bluejays to move practices indoors after being able to practice outdoors about 10 times before the Dallas Baptist series.

“You get spoiled when you can get outside around here this time of the year,’’ Servais said. “That’s part of the deal when you’re a northern team, and most of the guys are used to the obstacles we face here.

“Still, this is almost going to be like rebooting the season. My concerns are whether we’ve lost some of the good vibes we had coming out of that first week of the season.’’

Those good vibes included an offensive showing that produced 29 runs and 45 hits, solid defensive play and some clutch pitching.

BYU brings a 5-5 record into the series, with one of the Cougars wins coming over a Louisiana State team that was ranked No. 2. BYU is hitting .246, while its pitchers have compiled a 3.23 ERA.

One of the Bluejays’ priorities in the series is sorting out its pitching. Creighton will start Nick Musec, Tommy Strunc and Matt Warren in the three games, and Servais hopes each will be able to pitch deeper into games than they did the opening weekend.

“I would be thrilled to get five innings out of each of those guys,’’ Servais said. “We limited them to about 60 pitches that first week, and I’d like to see them get that up to 75 or 80, with 85 being the max. And I’d like them to be efficient with their pitches.

“If we can do that, we can really start defining the roles of the guys that will pitch behind them. I really like the upside of our bullpen guys, but we still have to sort out how we’re going to use some of those guys right now.’’

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Contact the writer: Steven Pivovar    |   402-679-2298    |  

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series.



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