Bluejays, Bears Set to Battle for Seeding

The regular season comes to a close this weekend when Creighton hosts Missouri State starting Thursday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Both teams are still playing for seeding at next week's Missouri Valley Conference tournament in Normal, Illinois.

Who: Creighton Bluejays (28-15, 11-7 MVC) v. Missouri State Bears (29-19, 11-7 MVC)

What: Baseball hosts Missouri State, both teams are tied for third in the Valley and 2.5 games behind Wichita State who leads the conference.

When: May 16-18, game times are Thursday 12:30 pm on 1180 Zone2/KZOT, Friday 7 pm and Saturday 1 pm with both games on KOZN 1620 the zone and

Where : TD Ameritrade Park Omaha (24,000)/Omaha, Nebraska

Why: Seeding is on the line this weekend between the Jays and Bears who are tied for third place in the MVC. With some help, the teams could jump to second place next week in Normal.

Series History: The teams have played a total of 81 times with MSU holding 41-40 lead in the series. Head coach Ed Servais is 16-16 against the Bears. 24 games have been decided by one run, the Jays hold a 14-10 advantage in such games. Last season in Springfield Missouri State swept Creighton, but in 2011 CU won five of the six games in Omaha.

Probable Pitchers: Creighton/Missouri State

Thursday: Tommy Strunc, Fr. RHP (7-2, 4.15) v. Nick Petree, Jr. RHP (8-1, 1.55) Friday Nick Musac, Sr. RHP (2-5, 4.88) v. Jonathan Harris, Fr. RHP (8-1, 3.72) Saturday Austin Groth, Fr. RHP (2-1, 4.85) v. Andy Cheray, Fr. LHP (1-3, 2.82)

Around-The-Valley (All Times Central):v

Bradley Braves (16-28, 1-17) @ Indiana State Sycamores (22-22, 7-10) Bob Warn Field/Terre Haute, Indiana – 6:30 pm (Thursday/Friday), 1 pm (Saturday) .

Illinois State Redbirds (33-18, 13-5) @ Southern Illinois Salukis (24-28, 6-12) Abe Martin Field/Carbondale, Illinois – 3 pm (Thursday/Friday), 1 pm (Saturday)

Northwestern Wildcats (22-13) @ Wichita State Shockers (31-25) Eck Stadium/Wichita, Kansas – 6:30 pm (Thursday/Friday), 2 pm (Saturday)

Missouri Valley Conference Standings as of May 15:

Wichita State Shockers (15-6, 31-25)
Illinois State Redbirds (13-5, 33-18)
Creighton Bluejays (11-7, 28-15)
Missouri State Bears (11-7, 29-19)
Evansville Purple Aces (10-10, 22-32)
Indiana State Sycamores (7-10, 22-22)
Southern Illinois Salukis (6-12, 24-28)
Bradley Braves (1-17, 16-28)

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