OMAHA, Neb. | The South Carolina baseball team worked out Monday at a place that’s a big part of the College World Series landscape — the Creighton University Sports Complex.
Creighton, a Jesuit Catholic university of 7,000 students that was founded in 1878, sits on 130 acres in downtown Omaha, approximately five blocks from TD Ameritrade Park. Its buildings are a prominent part of the downtown skyline.
Every year the eight CWS teams hold at least one practice at the Bluejays’ baseball facility. Creighton played home games at both parks this season, winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at TD Ameritrade Park on the way to making the NCAA regional in Corvallis, Ore.
The Creighton field is known for its two-tone artificial turf. The ball also carried much better than it has as TD Ameritrade Park, as the Gamecocks hit quite a few home runs during batting practice.
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Another highlight for the players was watching the high hops off the turf. One ball hit by Robert Beary bounced over the double-decked center-field fence for what had to be the highest ground-rule double ever.
Colby Holmes (probable starter for Tuesday)
Michael Roth, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Scott Wingo