OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton softball team earned the fourth position with 30 points in the 2020 BIG EAST Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Head coach Brent Vigness and the Bluejays started practice on Sunday for Vigness’ 27th season in Omaha.
Creighton finished 2019 with an 8-13 record in league play to place sixth (20-24 overall). The Bluejays return 14 letterwinners, including seven position players who started more than half of the team’s BIG EAST schedule and two All-BIG EAST performers (senior Ashley Cantu and sophomore Kiara Mills). Creighton also returns one pitcher who logged more than 30 innings during conference action. Seven freshmen and two sophomore transfers joined the program for the 2020 season.
For the first time since Creighton joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2014 season, this year’s conference schedule will include three-day weekend’s with one game on each day. The Bluejays’ first BIG EAST series is set for March 20-22 at Seton Hall.
The 2020 BIG EAST Championship is scheduled for May 7-9 in Rosemont, Illinois and will feature a four-team double elimination format.
DePaul, the 2019 BIG EAST postseason champions, earned the top spot in the preseason poll.
Creighton opens the 2020 slate on Feb. 7 against Toledo at the H-E-B Classic in San Antonio, Texas. The Bluejays’ home-opener is scheduled for March 27 against Providence.