World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar ranks the Big East baseball teams heading into the season.
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1. Creighton: Bluejays will go as far as young arms carry them. In this league, that looks like to the top of the standings.
2. St. John's: Red Storm made it to a super regional two seasons ago. After a disappointing season last year, St. John's is hungry to get back in the tournament.
3. Seton Hall: Loss of five all-conference players from team that won 37 of last 47 games means newcomers will have to pick up the slack in South Orange.
4. Xavier: Musketeers finished third in last season's Atlantic-10 tournament but lost key contributors on the mound and in the field.
5. Butler: Bulldogs will need a big season from ace Eric Stout and outfielder Marcos Calderon to make bid for one of four spots in Big East tourney.
6. Georgetown: Six starters and eight pitchers with experience provide hope that Hoyas can win more than five league games in 2014.
7. Villanova: Young team took its lumps in the old Big East. Although a year older, Wildcats look to get bounced around again in new Big East.