Ruf, Changstrom Lead Jays Past USD in Home Opener, 4-1
OMAHA, Neb. -- Christa Ruf and Allie Mathewson both went 3-for-3 with a homer, and Becca Changstrom struck out a season-high 11 batters to lead Creighton Softball to a 4-1 win over South Dakota in Wednesday home opener CU Sports Complex.
The game was the first played at the newly-renovated CU Sports Complex, which received new turf, scoreboard and outfield padding in the off-season.
Creighton (13-13) fell behind 1-0 in the second inning on a home run by South Dakota sophomore shortstop Christine Broders.
The Jays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth frame against eventual losing pitcher Erica Denney (4-12). Mathewson doubled and moved to third on a groundout. After consecutive walks, Mathewson raced home on Denney's third wild pitch of the season with the go-ahead run.
The Jays added some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Ruf and Mathewson both hit solo homers to chase Denney. Mathewson extended her team-leading hitting streak to seven games and Ruf raised her average to .300 on the season as she is now 10-for-19 in her last seven games.
Changstrom, who recorded six of her season-high 11 in the first two innings, took care of the rest. The sophomore evened her record at 7-7 with her sixth complete game of the spring, allowing just three hits and two walks.
Changstrom picked the perfect occasion for her season-high K total, as the Jays donned pink jerseys and socks in its annual "Strikeout Cancer" game in which fans are encouraged to donate money to the American Cancer Society on a per strikeout basis.