Ed Servais knows how much it sounds like a cliche, but the Creighton baseball coach said his team is getting back to the basics, starting with an area that has nothing to do with hitting, defense, running or pitching.
It’s the ability to battle.
His Bluejays have lost six of their past seven weekend games, including a three-game sweep last weekend at the hands of Illinois State.
“With each baseball game, you’re going to have adversity,” Servais said. “We’re having a difficult time working through that. You’ve got to understand it and work through it. It comes down to us finding a way to fight through an adverse situation.”
Creighton (14-12) opens a three-game set at Bradley (10-17) Friday night at 6. The Jays and Braves are tied for sixth in the Missouri Valley at 3-6. The six conference losses already equal last year’s total for Creighton.
“It’s just not coming together,” shortstop Elliot Soto said. “We’re just trying to get through it. No one is happy. We just can’t seem to find a way to get it done.”
Servais believes a road trip might actually be good for this group. There’s more of a routine on the road, he said. Guys get closer.
The Jays started the season with 18 straight games away from home, dropping consecutive games only once in that span. They got better over the first few weeks, Servais said. CU’s earned 13 of its 14 wins away from home and posted a 1-6 mark in Omaha.
Creighton has won 10 of its past 11 against the Braves.
“I feel like we just need that one play,” Soto said. “That one game from somebody to get us out of it.”
Servais said center fielder Robbie Knight, sidelined for the last two weeks with a hamstring injury, could play this weekend. The senior from Millard North did some swinging and jogging this week, Servais said.
“I think he’ll be involved in some capacity,” the coach said.
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