Published Thursday, April 18, 2013 AT 9:45 PM / Updated at 9:50 PM
Valley to the Big East: Baseball
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

All this week, The World-Herald will be taking a look at how Creighton’s major sports stack up to the competition in the new Big East. Today? Baseball.

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SETON HALL
Coach:
Rob Sheppard (237-270-2 at Seton Hall and overall)
Home field (capacity): Carroll Field (1,500)
2013 record: 18-15 overall, 5-4 Big East (6th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 36
2012 record vs. new Big East teams: 5-5
Conference championships: 1987, 2001, 2011
NCAA tournament appearances: 1949, 1964, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2011
2013 update: The Pirates are coming off a series win over then No. 24-ranked Houston. Seton Hall is 18-6 since a 0-9 start that included a season-opening series at preseason No. 1 North Carolina.

XAVIER
Coach:
Scott Googins (216-222 at Xavier and overall)
Home field (capacity): Hayden Field (500)
2013 record: 20-15 overall, 7-2 Atlantic 10 (2nd)
2013 NCAA RPI: 66
2012 record vs. new Big East teams: 1-1
Conference championships: 2009
NCAA tournament appearances: 2009
2013 update: The Musketeers have won nine of last 10 games, including six in a row, heading into weekend series against Charlotte. Three of the wins came in non-conference series against Evansville of the Missouri Valley.

CREIGHTON
Coach:
Ed Servais (346-204 at Creighton, 528-286-1 overall)
Home field (capacity): TD Ameritrade Park (24,000)
2013 record: 19-9 overall, 5-4 Missouri Valley (4th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 89
2012 record vs. new Big East teams: 0-0
Conference championships: 2007, 2011, 2012
NCAA tournament appearances: 1973, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
2013 update: The Bluejays are getting plenty of offensive production up and down the lineup but still must show they have the arms to keep them in a conference race that will increase in degree-of-difficulty as season progresses.

BUTLER
Coach:
Steve Farley (506-627-2 at Butler, 561-647-2 overall)
Home field (capacity): Bulldog Park (500)
2013 record: 17-15 overall, 7-5 Atlantic 10 (7th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 157
2012 record vs. new Big East teams: 0-1
Conference championships: 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000
NCAA tournament appearances: 2000
2013 update: The Bulldogs are holding their own in move to the Atlantic 10 this season. Butler will take a four-game winning streak into this weekend’s series against Big Ten power Indiana.

ST. JOHN’S
Coach:
Ed Blankmeyer (605-372-3 at St. John’s and overall)
Home field (capacity): Jack Kaiser Stadium (3,500)
2013 record: 16-22 overall, 5-7 Big East (8th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 158
2012 record vs. new Big East teams: 4-3
Conference championships: 1985, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1997, 2010, 2012
NCAA tournament appearances: 1949, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2005, 20007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
2013 update: The Red Storm are struggling a bit after making it to super-regional play last year before losing hotly contested series to eventual national champion Arizona. This weekend’s three-game home series against league-leading Louisville gives St. John’s a chance to get back into chase.

GEORGETOWN
Coach:
Pete Wilk (292-495 at Georgetown and overall)
Home field (capacity): Shirley Povich Field (1,500)
2013 record: 21-13 overall, 4-5 Big East (7th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 216
2012 record vs. new Big East teams: 3-3
Conference championships: None
NCAA tournament appearances: None
2013 update: The Hoyas’ chances of qualifying for the Big East tournament might be decided on the road, where they play three of their next four league series. Sixteen of Georgetown’s wins this season have come either at home or at neutral sites.

VILLANOVA
Coach:
Joe Gordi (297-312-3 at Villanova and overall)
Home field (capacity): Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth (750)
2013 record: 9-26 overall, 1-8 Big East (11th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 257
2012 record vs. new Big East teams: 5-5
Conference championships: 1989, 1991
NCAA tournament appearances: 1954, 1958, 1960, 1961 1989, 1991
2013 update: The Wildcats have been outscored 55-33 in losing eight of nine league games this season. Villanova, which lost eight of nine games to open the season, takes a five-game losing skid into weekend series at Cincinnati.

About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at spivovar@owh.com.