On this edition of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Creighton baseball and some general College World Series topics with Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World-Herald.
Creighton, as they have been during the entirety of the Ed Servais era, has been incredibly consistent of late. They’ve won fewer than 30 games overall just once in the last five seasons, and that was in 2017, when they went 24-25 overall, but captured the Big East regular season title by going 11-4 in conference play.
Because it’s tough in a league like the Big East to do enough to garner an at-large bid, Creighton hasn’t been able to translate any of that regular season success into a regional bid. In 2018, Servais and his Blue Jays will look to keep on piling up the wins to set themselves up to get back into the postseason.
As far as the CWS is concerned, culture has been a big word when it comes to the event. When it took place at Rosenblatt Stadium, one of the big draws was the neighborhood atmosphere provided by the area surrounding the stadium. When TD Ameritrade Park was built, the fear was that the event would be too buttoned up and wouldn’t feel the same. The old neighborhood feeling may not return, but perhaps in its place, a new culture surrounding the stadium’s central location in the city will continue to rise.
Among the topics discussed are:
- How inexperience contributed to Creighton’s early-season struggles in 2017, only for the team to roar back and win the Big East title
- Position battles and storylines to watch heading into Creighton’s 2018 season
- Expectations for 2018
- How the program measures success in the Big East, given that it’s tougher to earn an at-large bid as a member of that conference
- How different the CWS culture is at TD Ameritrade Park
- Favorite CWS memories
Thanks for listening, everyone!