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Creighton baseball aims to build team chemistry during season-opening road trip
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Creighton baseball aims to build team chemistry during season-opening road trip

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Creighton’s season kicks off like it always does in February — with a weekend road trip.

But this four-game adventure might impact this team’s development in a more significant way. At least that’s coach Ed Servais’ hope.

To adhere to social distancing guidelines, CU basically eliminated all of its team-bonding activities this preseason. The Bluejays have practiced, and that’s about it.

So Servais is excited for his group this weekend. Not just because it’s the start of the season, but because players can actually enjoy a shared experience — particularly in a competitive setting — as they work to sort out roles and develop a team identity.

“The thing that’s so frustrating with what we’re going through now is the lack of ability to develop team chemistry,” Servais said. “Because the players can’t spend time with each other. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s the world we live in right now.

“Until we play some games, and travel together, and get into the season ... we won’t really have a good feel for how we’re coming along in that area.”

The Jays are set to open their campaign at 2 p.m. Friday against Lipscomb (2-1) in Nashville, Tennessee. They’ll play a doubleheader Saturday against Belmont (1-0) before facing Lipscomb again Sunday.

Sophomore right-hander Dylan Tebrake (3-2, 2.05 ERA in 2020) is slated to start for CU in its season opener. Senior right-hander Jonah Smith (1-0, 0.00) and freshman right-hander Griffin Holderfield are the expected starters Saturday. Creighton’s Sunday starter is TBD.

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