Creighton and Bradley wlil battle for first place in the Missouri Valley this weekend at the CU Sports Complex.
They’ll play a noon doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday at noon.
The Bluejays are in first place at 19-10 and 5-1. Bradley sits a half-game back at 19-12 and 4-1after a three-game sweep of Indiana State last weekend.
Bradley, which is hitting .293, has four players who are hitting .300 or better: Baileigh Basham (.400), Alyson Clemente (.370), Brianne Joseph (.343) and Kendall Duffy (.301).
“Bradley is playing really well right now and with a lot of confidence,’’ CU coach Brent Vigness said. “Their offensive numbers this season are pretty impressive coming into the weekend. This will be another important series for us.”
Three Bluejays are hitting .296 or better: Amy Baker (.398), Liz Dike (.325) and Blair Lowe (.296). Creighton ranks sixth in the Valley with a .256 batting average. The Jays’ 29 home runs lead the MVC.
Baker is tied atop the MVC career home run list at 52. She needs just three RBIs this week to tie the Valley career RBI record of 157.
No. 19 Nebraska (26-7, 4-1) wraps up a seven-game road trip with a three-game Big Ten series at Iowa (21-13, 1-5). First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m., with Saturday’s game at 5 p.m. and Sunday’s finale at 1 p.m.
The Huskers are 9-3 on the road, including 2-1 in Big Ten play.
NU pitcher Tatum Edwards, who ranks third in the Big Ten with a career-high 17 victories, will try to help Nebraska’s pitching staff limit a Hawkeye offense that is coming off an 18-run performance on Wednesday against Drake.
UNO plays its first Summit League road series this weekend when it travels to Kansas City. The Mavs and Kangaroos begin play with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1. The series wraps up on Sunday at noon.
The Mavs (25-4, 3-0 Summit) are playing just their second Summit League series. Scheduled series with North Dakota State and Fort Wayne have already been canceled because of the weather.
Leadoff hitter Allie Mathewson paces the Mavs with a .390 batting average, nine home runs, 28 RBIs, seven doubles, five triples and 29 runs scored. She has a team-best .830 slugging percentage and ranks tied for 26th in the nation. Mathewson is tied for fifth with five triples.