After the majority of the 2020 season was canceled, the Bluejays started their 2021 season last weekend with a 2-2 record in Nashville.
The series started with a 11-4 win over Lipscomb on Friday, followed by a split doubleheader against Belmont on Saturday. The Jays fell 3-2 in the first game followed by a commanding 9-3 win later in the day. In the final game of the weekend, the team dropped a 7-5 decision to Lipscomb.
Coach Ed Servais was impressed with his team’s play to start the season on Friday but wanted to see that performance last over the weekend.
“I thought we played really really well on Friday and as well as I think we’re capable of playing and then Saturday we didn’t play as well, we didn’t play with the same kind of energy we had on Friday,” he said. “Then Sunday I think we played better, we played a good opponent, but we played better than we did on Saturday, so we had mixed results.”
Junior left fielder David Webel was one of the weekend leaders, hitting .562 and earning Big East player of the week.
The Bluejays also relied on a handful of seniors, including senior pitcher Jonah Smith, who was excited for his return to the mound over the weekend as he uses the additional year of eligibility.
“I’m so happy to be back there, and the biggest thing is being with my teammates again, it’s always a fun time going to practice and going to games with those guys,” Smith said.
Smith pitched three innings in one of the matchups Saturday.
Creighton posted a .261 batting average with 36 hits over the four games, one area Servais wants to improve in.
“We're not in very good baseball shape, and in order to get in baseball shape you gotta play baseball so I’m hoping with each weekend we see some improvement in that area,” he said.
With the majority of the season ahead, Servais says he has the same goals as every year.
“In order for us to advance we gotta first get to the Big East Tournament and the second one, win the Big East regular season and the third one win the Big East Tournament and then to have the opportunity to play baseball in June,” Servais said.
Creighton hopes to get on that track when it returns to action Friday against UNO.