Creighton Bluejays baseball
The Creighton Bluejays baseball team represents the Creighton University in NCAA Division I college baseball. Creighton competes as a member of the Big East Conference and plays its home games at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Creighton's baseball team played its first Big East season in 2014. They are coached by Ed Servais who is entering his twelfth season as head coach of the Bluejays. His record at Creighton is 389–230 (.628 winning percentage).
|Creighton Bluejays baseball|
|Head coach||Ed Servais (17th season)|
|Home stadium||Creighton Sports Complex|
(Capacity: 2,000) or
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
|Colors||Blue and White|
|College World Series appearances|
|NCAA regional champions|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1973, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2019|
|Conference tournament champions|
|MVC: 2007, 2011, 2012|
Big East: 2019
|Big East: 2014|
MVC: 2005, 2011
The team plays its home games at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, also the home of the College World Series, an event which the Bluejays baseball programs serves as the official host school for, providing each of the schools in the tournament practice facilities, training assistance, and assisting with game scoring. Prior to the opening of TD Ameritrade Park, the program played games at the Creighton Sports Complex and Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in South Omaha, which was also the home of the NCAA College World Series and the Omaha Royals (now known as the Omaha Storm Chasers) of the Pacific Coast League.
1991 College World Series
Creighton appeared in the NCAA College World Series for the only time in 1991. The Jays advanced to the CWS by defeating the Hawaii Rainbows 15–8 in finals of the NCAA West I Regional in Los Angeles. Prior to the victory over Hawaii, the Jays swept the four-game regional by beating Pepperdine, Minnesota and host team USC in a 10-inning 8–7 victory.
The seventh-seeded Bluejays (49–20) opened play against the second seeded Clemson Tigers in front of then record crowd of more than 16,000 at Rosenblatt Stadium. The game ended with an 8–4 Creighton victory, setting up a second round match with MVC rival Wichita State.
The Jays had finished the 1991 regular season with an overall record of 46–18, and a 16–8 record in the Missouri Valley Conference, good enough for second place behind league champion Wichita State. The Shockers had swept the regular season four-game series with the Jays, and had also defeated the Jays twice in the 1991 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament.
In one of the more memorable games in College World Series history, the Shockers defeated the Jays 3–2 in 12 innings. With one out in the bottom of the twelfth inning Wichita State center fielder Jim Audley threw out Creighton's pinch-runner Steve Bruns at home plate in a play known to Bluejay and Shocker fans alike as "the throw." The game was recently ranked third in the list of the 25 greatest games in College World Series history by the Omaha World-Herald.
The Jays bounced back to defeat Long Beach State 13–4 in an elimination game, to set up a rematch with Wichita State in the National Semifinals. A trip to the title game for Creighton was not to be, however, as Wichita State advanced to the National Championship game after defeating Creighton for the eighth time that season, 11–3.
LSU defeated Wichita State 6–3 to win the 1991 NCAA Baseball National Championship.
The Bluejays Head Coach during that memorable 1991 season, Jim Hendry, is a former General Manager of the Chicago Cubs. Jim Hendry is also the only former Creighton Bluejay to have his number retired. His name and number (25) hang on the center field fence of Creighton Sports Complex.
Notable former Bluejay Baseball players include Hall of Fame inductee Bob Gibson as well as Dave McKay, Pat Venditte, Dennis Rasmussen, Scott Stahoviak, Scott Servais, Zach Daeges, Chad McConnell, Alan Benes and Nicky Lopez.
Big East Conference Regular Season Champions (2): 2014* 2019*
Big East Conference Tournament Champions (1): 2019
Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Champions (2): 2005*, 2011*
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champions (3): 2007, 2011, 2012
NCAA Regionals Appearances (10): 1973, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2019
College World Series Appearances (1): 1991
|1973||Dave Baker||25–16||NCAA District 5 Playoffs (0–2)|
|1981||Dave Underwood||37–30||2nd (West)|
|1982||Dave Underwood||32–23||2nd (West)||4th|
|1983||Dave Underwood||39–17||2nd (West)||4th|
|1984||Dave Underwood / Jim Hendry||23–21||6th|
|1988||Jim Hendry||43–21–1||2nd||T-1st||All-American Catcher Scott Servais Drafted in 3rd Round by Houston Astros|
|1990||Jim Hendry||48–22||3rd||2nd||NCAA Central Regional (2–2)|
|1991||Jim Hendry||51–22||2nd||2nd||NCAA West Regional I (4–0) 1991 College World Series (2–2)||All-American Scott Stahoviak Named National Player of the Year, Bluejays finish 3rd in NCAA|
|1992||Todd Wenberg||41–19–1||2nd||2nd||NCAA Central Regional (1–2)|
|1999||Jack Dahm||38–25||3rd||2nd||NCAA South Bend Regional (0–2)|
|2000||Jack Dahm||38–22||3rd||4th||NCAA Tempe Regional (0–2)|
|2003||Jack Dahm||20–37||T-6th||T-5th||LHP Tom Oldham 6th Round Draft Pick of Seattle Mariners|
|2004||Ed Servais||35–24||2nd||4th||RHP Steve Grasley named All-American; signs with Seattle Mariners|
|2005||Ed Servais||48–17||1st||2nd||NCAA Lincoln Regional (2–2)||Bluejays win first conference regular season title in school history, RHP Eric Wordekemper 46th Round Draft of New York Yankees, LHP Scott Reese named All-American|
|2006||Ed Servais||31–21||4th||4th||OF Zach Daeges named All-American; 6th Round Draft Pick of Boston Red Sox, LHP Marc Lewis 26th Round Draft Pick of Milwaukee Brewers, RHP Adam Schaecher 31st Round Draft Pick of Texas Rangers, OF Chase Odenreider 49th Round Draft Pick of New York Yankees|
|2007||Ed Servais||45–17||2nd||1st||NCAA Fayetteville Regional (1–2)||Creighton Wins Conference Tournament, Pitchers Pat Venditte and Ben Mancuso named All-Americans, LHP Marc Lewis 20th Round Draft Pick of Florida Marlins, Catcher Chris Gradoville 24th Round Draft Pick of Texas Rangers, Pat Venditte 45th Round Draft Pick of New York Yankees|
|2008||Ed Servais||37–21||3rd||T-4th||Pitcher Pat Venditte 20th Round Draft Pick of New York Yankees|
|2009||Ed Servais||31–25||4th||2nd||1B Darin Ruf 20th Round Draft Pick of Philadelphia Phillies|
|2010||Ed Servais||27–25||6th||6th||SS Elliot Soto 15th Round Draft Pick of Chicago Cubs, C Carson Vitale 38th Round Draft Pick of Texas Rangers|
|2011||Ed Servais||45–16||1st||1st||NCAA Corvallis Regional (1–2)||First Creighton baseball team to win both the MVC regular season title and MVC tournament title. P Jonas Dufek 9th Round Draft Pick of Houston Astros, OF Trever Adams 16th Round Draft Pick of Texas Rangers|
|2012||Ed Servais||28–30||8th||1st||NCAA Los Angeles Regional (2–2)||Creighton goes from "worst to first" in one week by going undefeated in the 2012 MVC Tournament. One of only three "four seeds" to make the regional finals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, before falling to No. 2 national seed UCLA. P Ty Blach 5th Round Draft Pick of San Francisco Giants, C Anthony Bemboom 22nd Round Draft Pick of Los Angeles Angels|
|2013||Ed Servais||30-18||3rd||8th||Final season in the MVC.|
|2014||Ed Servais||32-17||1st||2nd||First year in the Big East.|
|2018||Ed Servais||34-16||5th||Failed to make the BIG EAST or NCAA tournaments -- but swept Nebraska in the season series.|
|2019||Ed Servais||32-11||1st||1st||NCAA Corvallis Regional (3-2)||First Creighton baseball team to win both the BIG EAST regular season title and BIG EAST tournament title. Took BIG EAST hardware: BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Mitch Ragan; BIG EAST Player of the Year Jake Holton; BIG EAST coaching staff of the year. Took 2 out of 3 against Nebraska during the season. Earned the #2 seed in Corvallis Regional of the NCAA tournament. Lost opening game, but then fought back like warriors through the losers bracket, eliminating defending national champion Oregon State Beavers on their home field, eliminating Cincinnati, and then pushing Michigan to a winner-takes-all final game by overcoming a 4-7 deficit in the ninth inning of the first championship game, where the Jays plated seven runs to win 11-7 in one of the greatest sporting moments in the history of collegiate sports in the state of Nebraska. Just plain ran out of steam in the final game, though.|
- Creighton University Athletics Bluejay Logo Usage Guidelines (PDF). September 16, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
- "College World Series of Omaha, Inc. – Creighton University". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- Yearly Summary Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine