Published Saturday, April 20, 2013 AT 1:06 AM / Updated at 1:06 AM
Valley to the Big East: Softball
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? Softball.

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DePAUL
Coach:
Eugene Lenti
Record: 1,161-563-6 at DePaul and overall
Home field (capacity): Cacciatore Field (1,000)
2013 record: 23-14 overall, 10-1 Big East (tie 3rd)
2013 NCAA RPI: 44
Conference championships: 1998, 2000, 2008
NCAA tournament appearances: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2013 update: Blue Demons head into pivotal series at nationally ranked South Florida having won 10 of 12. The teams are tied in the loss column, so a series win could put DePaul into first place in the conference.

CREIGHTON
Coach:
Brent Vigness
Record: 630-439-3 at Creighton, 778-499-3 overall
Home field: CU Sports Complex (1,000)
2013 record: 24-11, 10-2 Missouri Valley (1st)
2013 NCAA RPI: 64
Conference championships: 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010
NCAA tournament appearances: 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010
2013 update: Bluejays have won nine of 11, including five straight, heading into a series against Southern Illinois. Amy Baker is fifth nationally in slugging percentage (.931) and sixth in home runs per game (0.43).

VILLANOVA
Coach:
Maria Dibernardi
Record: 738-623-10 at Villanova and overall
Home field: Villanova Softball Complex (750)
2013 record: 15-22, 2-11 Big East (13th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 131
Conference championships: None
NCAA tournament appearances: None
2013 update: Losing 14 of their last 17 games has ruined what was a solid start for the Wildcats. Villanova’s latest loss came Wednesday when Syracuse pulled off a game-winning walk.

PROVIDENCE
Coach:
Kerri Jacklets
Record: 170-219 at Providence and overall.
Home field: Raymond Field (500)
2013 record: 14-23, 2-9 Big East (tie 11th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 165
Conference championships: 1994
NCAA tournament appearances: 1994
2013 update: Friars have won three nonconference games in a row heading into weekend series against Georgetown.

GEORGETOWN
Coach:
Pat Conlan
Record: 122-260 at Georgetown, 176-349 overall
Home field: Guy Mason Field (500)
2013 record: 18-26, 7-6 Big East (5th )
2013 NCAA RPI: 174
Conference championships: None
NCAA tournament appearances: None
2013 update: Young Hoya team is bidding to make the conference tournament for the first time since joining the Big East. Georgetown is in fifth place, with the top eight qualifying for the tournament.

SETON HALL
Coach:
Paige Smith
Record: 14-23 at Seton Hall, 183-127 overall
Home field: Mike Sheppard Field (500)
2013 record: 14-23, 2-9 Big East (tie 11th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 189
Conference championships: 2004, 2005
NCAA tournament appearances: 2001, 2004, 2005
2013 update: Freshman Yasmin Harrell has added some excitement to lineup and ranks among the national leaders in stolen bases. Pirates have lost all four of their Big East series this season.

ST. JOHN’S
Coach:
Amy Kvilhaug
Record: 134-222-1 at St. John’s, 262-337-1 overall
Home field: Red Storm Field (250)
2013 record: 12-28-1, 3-8 Big East (10th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 196
Conference championships: None
NCAA tournament appearances: None
2013 update: Red Storm take a season-high three-game winning streak into a weekend series at Syracuse that will probably put the loser out of tournament contention.

BUTLER
Coach:
Scott Hall
Record: 74-75 at Butler, 561-647-2 overall
Home field: Butler Softball Field (500)
2013 record: 17-19, 6-4 Atlantic 10 (7th)
2013 NCAA RPI: 217
Conference championships: None
NCAA tournament appearances: None
2013 update: Bulldogs have won five of six games to stay in contention for a spot in the conference tournament.

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.