ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The two-time defending Missouri Valley tournament champion Creighton baseball team was selected to finish seventh by league coaches Wednesday.

The 2013 Bluejays return five position starters from last season: Jake Peter, Alex Staehely, Mike Gerber, Brad McKewon and Brennan Murphy. Starting pitcher Nick Musec and reliever Mark Winkelman will also be back to help CU on the mound.

“We are a very young team, but I expect we’ll be strong defensively up the middle, anchored by Staehely, Peter and Gerber,” said Creighton coach Ed Servais.

Missouri State has been tabbed as the MVC favorite in the annual coaches’ preseason poll, receiving six of eight first-place votes.

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