Creighton and the Cornhuskers will meet for the first time this season on Friday after inclement weather cancelled the two teams' first showdown. Creighton and Rutgers are scheduled to meet on Saturday and the Bluejays will face Oklahoma State in Sunday's finale.
Creighton sits at 22-9 before the weekend, winning eight of its last 11 games, but could use more wins over quality opponents. The Bluejays will have an opportunity to bolster their post-season résumé this weekend. Get to know the team's involved in the first-ever T.D. Ameritrade Classic.
Nebraska at a glance: After starting the season 0-7, the Huskers have battled back to 19-20 after getting back on track in Big Ten play. The Huskers had won five straight, including a pair of games over No. 10 Arkansas, before they dropped a non-conference game to Kansas State on Wednesday.
Probable pitchers: Fans that make it out to the ballpark on Friday should be treated to a battle of the aces as Creighton's Tommy Strunc squares off against the Huskers' Christian DeLeon. Strunc brings a 5-1 record and 3.29 E.R.A. into the contest. In his last start, the red-shirt freshman pitched eight no-hit innings against Southern Illinois. DeLeon's numbers almost mirror Strunc's as he will bring a 5-2 record and 3.44 E.R.A. into the contest.
He can hit: If Strunc does end up in trouble, it may end up via the bat of Husker Chad Christensen. The senior is batting .389 and leads the team with 33 runs. The cleanup batter also leads his team with eight steals on the season.
Rutgers at a glance: The Scarlett Knight's early season didn't start much differently than Nebraska's, opening 2-9 against the likes of Miami, Old Dominion and Georgia Tech. Fred Hill's squad now sits a game above .500 at 20-19 and 8-7 in the Big East. After being swept by Pittsburgh in a three-game series, Rutgers responded with wins over Delaware and Wagner, before their tournament opens with Oklahoma State on Friday afternoon.
Probable Pitchers: Nick Musec will take the mound for the Bluejays on Saturday. Musec looks to improve on a 1-4 record and 5.18 E.R.A. against the Scarlett Knights. Rob Corsi will leave the bullpen and get the start for Rutgers. In 30 innings pitched, Corsi has compiled a 2-3 record and 3.52 E.R.A.
He can hit: Steve Zavala leads Rutgers with four homers and a .445 on-base percentage. The outfielder will look to improve on his .339 batting average and 21 R.B.I. this weekend against stiff competition.
Oklahoma State at a glance: The No. 24 Cowboys will bring a 28-11 record to Omaha, fresh off a 6-5 win in 12 innings over Wichita State. After starting 19-3, Oklahoma State, only won nine of its next 17 games. The only defeat for Robin Ventura's squad in its past five games, was a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of Kansas State last Sunday. Oklahoma State will enter Sunday's contest with the Jays having already played three games on the weekend. They open the tournament Friday afternoon against Rutgers, before a Saturday double-header with Nebraska.
Probable pitchers: A pair of newcomers is scheduled to start on Sunday. For the Bluejays, it's true freshman Austin Groth, who enters with a 2-0 record and 4.32 E.R.A. The Cowboys will look to add a win to Tyler Nurdin's 0-2 record, although his E.R.A. sits at a respectable 2.38. The 6-foot-3 lefty sat out last year due to a shoulder injury, following one season at Temple Junior College.
He can hit: Tanner Krietemeier leads Oklahoma State with 53 hits, 32 runs and a .346 average. He shares a team-high 33 R.B.I. and has homered three times on the season. The first basemen, who hits in the three hole, went 3-for-5 and scored three runs in the Cowboys' most recent win over the Shockers.