The Creighton baseball team will begin their first season in the BIG EAST Conference as the team to beat, according to the preseason poll.
One of three newcomers to the conference, the Bluejays collected 32 points, just edging out Seton Hall and St. John's for first place in the rankings.
In addition to the Jays being picked as the preseason favorites, four members of the team collected all-BIG EAST honors. Senior Mike Gerber was named preseason Player of the Year, while sophomore Tommy Strunc named Pitcher of the Year. Junior Jake Peter and senior Brian Sova were named preseason all-BIG EAST.
Preseason Coaches Poll
1 Creighton – 32 points (2 first-place votes)
2 Seton Hall – 31 points (2 first-place votes)
3 St. John's – 29 points (3 first-place votes)
4 Xavier – 21 points
5 Georgetown – 12 points
T6 Butler/Villanova – 11 points
The top four teams in the regular season will qualify for the 2014 BIG EAST baseball championship, which will be held May 23-25 in Brooklyn. MCU Park will be the site, with the winner getting an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. FOX Sports 1 will air the championship game on May 25 with first pitch schedule for 1 p.m.
2014 Preseason Baseball All-BIG EAST Team and Awards
Preseason Player of the Year Mike Gerber, Creighton, Sr., OF ^
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Tommy Strunc, Creighton, So., SP
Preseason All-BIG EAST
Nick Collins, Georgetown, So., C/DH
Sal Annunziata, Seton Hall, Jr., 1B
Joey Forney, Xavier, Jr., 1B
Jake Peter, Creighton, Jr., 2B
Kevin Jewitt, Villanova, So., 3B
Mike Gerber, Creighton, Sr., OF ^
Chris Selden, Seton Hall, Sr., OF
Zach Lauricella, St. John's, Jr., OF ^
James Lomangino, St. John's, Sr., SP
Josh Prevost, Seton Hall, Sr., SP ^
Eric Stout, Butler, Jr., SP
Tommy Strunc, Creighton, So., SP ^
Bryan Sova, Creighton, Sr., RP
^ - Unanimous selections
Next weekend, the team begins the season in Little Rock, Arkansas against Arkansas-Little Rock with a three-games series. The games on Friday and Saturday will begin at 3 p.m., with Sunday's first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m..
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