Regular season champion Creighton was well-represented in the Big East's end-of-the-year awards announced Wednesday.
Creighton junior Jake Holton was named player of the year, senior Mitch Ragan received the top pitching honor, and Ed Servais was recognized for leading the best coaching staff.
Holton, a junior college transfer who joined the CU program this season, led the conference in batting average (.463), on-base percentage (.576) and runs scored (19) during league play. Only two of his team-high 13 home runs came against Big East pitchers, but Holton’s eight doubles were tied for the most in conference action.
Ragan produced a 3-1 record in his six Big East starts, recording a 2.34 ERA (ranked fourth), 37 strikeouts (seventh) and a .214 opponent batting average (seventh). The Millard West product served as CU’s ace all year, and the Jays are 11-3 in games he starts.
For Servais, the conference coaching award marks his sixth such honor during his 15-year tenure with Creighton (2014, 2011, 2007, 2005 and 2004).
Five other Jays were also recognized Wednesday on all-conference teams.
Junior Isaac Collins joined Ragan and Holton on the All-Big East first team. Senior pitcher Denson Hull, senior pitcher Evan Johnson, junior right fielder Will Robertson and freshman designated hitter Jared Wegner were all named second-team all-conference.
The Jays’ first game of the Big East tournament is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday against No. 4 seed Seton Hall.
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Big East extends stay in Ohio
The Big East announced Wednesday that it will extend its agreement with Prasco Park and host the league’s postseason tournament in Ohio through the 2022 season.
It was just last year that the conference first brought the four-team, double-elimination event to Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. The tournament returned to Prasco Park this season — the action is set to begin Thursday when Creighton faces off against Seton Hall.
Now the partnership will extend for three more years.
The Big East tournament has twice been held at TD Ameritrade Park since the Jays joined the league six years ago (most recently in 2017). But the Big Ten is locked into an agreement to host its postseason tournament at the downtown Omaha ballpark through 2022.