Creighton might have let sophomore Dylan Tebrake work a little longer on his shutout bid last weekend if the Bluejays’ revised schedule wasn’t going to eliminate one day from the ace’s prestart routine.
Tebrake got pulled in the sixth inning of a 1-0 game against San Jose State on Saturday. He surrendered three hits but was approaching 90 pitches.
So the bullpen took over and finished out a 5-0 win.
The coaches were thinking ahead. CU begins its four-game series at Georgetown on Friday, and it’ll need all of its pitchers ready for those key in-league matchups.
Creighton (11-7, 3-0) is first in the Big East standings, but it’s only completed one four-game series this year, when it was swept by Kansas.
The Bluejays hope for better results this weekend against the Hoyas (3-5, 3-3), who made their season debut just over two weeks ago yet won three of four against St. John’s. Georgetown’s Angelo Tonas threw seven scoreless innings in a series-opening win one week ago.
It’ll be Tonas and Tebrake battling to set the tone Friday. And Tebrake is rested now, by design.
Tebrake pitched last Saturday, instead of Friday, after Creighton added San Jose State to the schedule following the UConn series cancellation. He was limited but effective.
“This is exactly what we wanted to do with Dylan,” CU coach Ed Servais said after the game. “We didn’t want to extend him. ... We should be in good shape for him.”
And the rest of the staff. Monday’s series finale with the Spartans got canceled. So the bullpen’s fully rested, as is No. 2 starter Jonah Smith, who threw 87 pitches over six innings in Sunday’s 6-4 win.
The Jays and Hoyas begin with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Friday. They’re set to play at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The games will take place on Maryland’s campus.