(as of May 25)
Location: Omaha, Neb.
Colors: Blue and white
President: Rev. Michael G. Morrison, S.J. (St. Louis '60)
Athletic Director: Bruce Rasmussen (Northern Iowa '71)
|3B Ryan Gripp|
Jack Dahm (Creighton '90)
174-159-2 (sixth season)
Record at Creighton:
Ed Servais (Wisconsin-LaCrosse '81), Bill Olson (Midland Lutheran '61)
Athletic Trainer for Baseball:
Creighton Baseball Team Photo
Conference: Missouri Valley
Home Stadium (Capacity): Creighton Sports Complex (2,000)
Surface, Dimensions: Turf, 330-368-405-370-330
1998 Record: 27-27-1
1998 Conference Record, Finish: 12-19, 6th
1998 Postseason: 0-2 at MVC Tournament
Position Starters Returning from 1998: 6/2
Pitchers Returning/Lost from 1998: 4/6
Letterwinners Returning/Lost from 1998: 13/9
1999 Record: 38-23
1999 Conference Record, Finish: 18-13, 3rd
1999 Conference Tournament: 3-2, runner-up
The Bluejays will be making their fifth appearance in the NCAAs and
first since 1992, a year after they advanced to the 1991 College World
Series in their hometown of Omaha.
Creighton's previous NCAA appearances came in 1973, 1990, 1991 and
The Bluejays carry a 38-23 overall record and posted an 18-13 record
in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season standings before
advancing to the championship game of the MVC tournament, where
Creighton lost 11-2 to Wichita State.
Creighton's third-place finish in the MVC is its best conference
finish since 1995.
The Bluejays' team stats for the 1999 season include a .329 batting
average, 77 home runs, 48 stolen bases, a 5.42 ERA and a .965 fielding
Creighton played all of its 1999 home games off campus, while the
Creighton Sports Complex was being renovated. The Bluejays played most
of their 1999 home games at Seymour Smith Park while playing some at
Rosenblatt Stadium (home of the CWS).
Notre Dame is very familiar with Creighton. The Irish beat the
Bluejays twice in early March of the 1999 season, at the Irish Baseball
Classic in San Antonio, Texas, by scores of 5-4 and 5-3 (championship
game). The teams also split a pair of games in San Antonio during the
1997 season, with the Irish winning 7-3 while the Bluejays won the
rematch in the IBC title game (8-5).
|RHP Peyton Lewis|
Top Bluejays players include: junior 3B Ryan Gripp (.396, 24 HR, 23
2B, 84 RBI, 49 BB), sophomore1B/C Dan Lawler (.360, 7 HR, 53 RBI) and
junior 2B Vince Pietro (.359, 1 HR, 39 RBI, 60 R).
Senior RHP Peyton Lewis-the 1999 MVC pitcher of the year-also plays at
first base while compiling impressive stats at the plate (.350, 19 HR,
76 RBI) and on the mound (2.97, 10-0, 97.0 IP, 106 Ks, 47 BB, 84 H).
Creighton's other top starter is sophomore LHP Dan Gooris (6.39, 10-6,
94.1 IP, 66 Ks, 28 BB, 127 H).
Lewis, Gripp and junior CF Troy Carley were named to the MVC
Senior C Brian Smith (Oconomowoc, Wis.) was baptized at Sacred Heart
Basillica on the Notre Dame campus. His parents David and Karen Smith,
attended St. Joseph High School (located across U.S. 31 from the Notre
Dame campus), where David Smith was an all-state football player and a
pitcher on the St. Joe baseball team.
Head coach Jack Dahm (Creighton '90, player for the Bluejays from
1986-89) is a former coach of Notre Dame pitching coach Brian O'Connor
('91). Dahm-who was a graduate assistant at Creighton in 1990, assistant
coach from 1991-93 and has been head coach since 1993-hired O'Connor as
his pitching coach for the 1994 season. Dahm was named the 1999 MVC
coach of the year. Dahm, an infielder during his Creighton career,
played with several future major leaguers, including catcher Scott
Servais. O'Connor hails from Council Bluffs, Iowa, which lies just over
the Missouri River from Omaha.
Creighton has six players who hail from Illinois: sophomore LHP Dan
Gooris (Skokie/Niles North HS), junior OF Ovid Valentin (Oak Park/Oak
Park-River Forest HS), senior RHP C.J. Keating (Chicago/Brother Rice
HS), freshman IF/OF Scott Allen (St. Charles/St. Charles HS), junior IF
Dan Vrbancic (Schaumburg/Schaumburg HS) and freshman 1B Rhett Dwyer
(Tinley Park/Vincent J. Andrew HS). Gooris is the Bluejays No. 2
starter, with a 10-6 record, 6.39 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 94.1 innings.
Valentin, a prep teammate of Irish junior LHP Tim Kalita, is hitting
.263 with five home runs and 43 RBI in 190 ABs. Keating is 3-4 with a
6.60 ERA and 48 Ks in 45 innings. Allen is hitting .33 with five home
runs and 23 RBI in 117 ABs. Vrbancic is hitting .325 with one home run
and eight RBI in 40 ABs. Dwyer is hitting .216 with two home runs and
nine RBI in 51 ABs.