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Big East Week 3 Recap

By Colton Watson

Creighton—Creighton may have suffered its first loss on the young campaign, but the Jays are still scorching hot in 2024. They took down Air Force 10-6 on Friday before a run-rule, shutout loss at the hands of LA Tech afflicted them Saturday. Making sure not to disrespect the troops too hard, they bounced back with a strong 9-3 win vs Army and left Sugarland, TX, with a 5-1 record over the last two weekends. They’ll make their home opener in the midweek to start a ten-game homestand at the Chuck. Looking ahead:  vs UMass Lowell 3/5 & 3/6 vs Portland 3/8-10.


UConn—The schedule thus far has been anything but a cakewalk, but the UConn Huskies have failed to build upon a successful season in 2023. UConn went 1-2 at Auburn this weekend, scoring just three combined runs in the losses. The Huskies have topped 5 runs only twice this year; they scored fewer than five runs in only two of their first nine games a year ago. Looking ahead: series at UC Santa Barbara 3/8-10.


Xavier—The Musketeers used a 3-1 week to improve to 6-5 on this season. They took down cross-town rival Cincinnati before heading down to Fort Meyers to take two of three from Florida Gulf Coast. Isaac Wachsmann is off to a scorching start with a .478 average and 4 bombs, pacing a lineup that’s batting .282 overall. Xavier will take a trip to the Boot this week as they look to make a statement in the nonconference slate. Looking ahead: at LA Tech 3/5-6, at LSU 3/8-10.


Seton Hall—Seton Hall isn’t technically finished with their weekend slate just yet, as they play a fourth game with Florida International on Monday. The Pirates won the first two at FIU to go with a midweek win over Wagner. They can improve to 3-1 on the week and 8-3 on the season with a win Monday. Looking ahead:  at FIU 3/4, at North Florida 3/8-10.


Georgetown—the biggest game of the week didn’t go as planned for the Hoyas, as they lost a nine-run decision at Maryland in the midweek, but Georgetown took care of business against Fairleigh Dickinson, outscoring the Knights 28-13 in three games. Andrew Williams and Cody Jensen have both worked about ten innings on the mound in relief for the Hoyas, and they boast a pair of sub-1.70 ERAs that are boosting Georgetown to a 6-5 record after starting 0-3. Looking ahead: at Wake Forest 3/5, at Duke 3/6, vs Cornell 3/8-10.


St. John’s—a 2-2 week for St. John’s is an admirable way to leave the Lone Star State. The Red Storm lost big to Texas in the midweek, but took two of three at Sam Houston State in a hard-fought series. St John’s gets 16 of its next 17 games at home, as the nonconference slate should slack up a bit before Big East play starts. Looking ahead: vs Iona 3/5, vs Hofstra 3/8-10.


Butler—Butler got back to its bottom-feeder behavior this week, salvaging a win on Sunday to go 1-3 on the week. The Bulldogs gave up double-digit runs in all four games this week, including 27 on Saturday to Morehead State. Looking ahead: vs Purdue Fort Wayne 3/5, at Memphis 3/8-10.


Villanova—March is often a big month for Villanova fans, but those people probably aren’t watching baseball. Nova salvaged a single win this week vs LMU in Los Angeles on Sunday, but the 2-7 Wildcats continue to bring up the rear in the Big East. They’ll continue their California tour this week with games at UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine before heading back east in mid-March. Looking ahead: at UC Santa Barbara 3/5, at Pepperdine 3/8-10.


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