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Niner Baseball Preview: Charlotte 49ers vs. Creighton Bluejays

After the Charlotte 49ers took two of three from the Canisius Golden Griffins, they hope for favorable results against the Creighton Blue Jays. Creighton’s in the Big East, although some may argue the the only “east” they’re a part of is east Nebraska. But that’s neither here nor there–let’s just take a look at the weekend’s matchup as the Niners hope to be headed Creighton’s way (Omaha) in a couple of months.

Charlotte 49ers (2-4) vs. Creighton Bluejays (2-4)
Friday, February 28-Sunday, March 2
Hayes Stadium, Charlotte, NC
First meeting
Forecast: Mid-to-upper 40s Friday, mid 50s Saturday, upper 60s to low 70s Sunday

Last time out
Charlotte dropped a pair in South Carolina, falling to College of Charleston 5-2 on Tuesday before an 8-4 loss at the Citadel on Wednesday. The Bluejays are coming off a weekend set against Minnesota in Fort Myers, Florida, where they took two of three from the Golden Gophers.

The scoop on Creighton
They were 30-18 last season and were the 3 seed in the MVC tournament before being ousted in two games. This season, they’re picked to win the Big East over Seton Hall. Creighton has advanced to ten NCAA regionals and appeared in the 1991 College World Series on their own field. Fun fact: head coach Ed Servais is the uncle of former MLB catcher Scott Servais, the father of Niner volleyball player Jackie Servais.

Who to watch for
Mike Gerber was picked as the Big East preseason player of the year after his solid 2013 campaign (.328, 5 HR, 31 RBI). But keep an eye on infielder Jake Peter (.360, HR, 5 RBI). Sophomore Tommy Strunc, a All-American in 2013, has been rocked early in the year but is still slated to be the conference’s top hurlers in 2014.

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