ARLINGTON, Texas - The Creighton softball team swept a pair
of games on day one of the UTA Maverick Invitational, overpowering Lamar 10-3 after
defeating host UT Arlington 3-1 at Allan Saxe Field Friday.
Creighton (7-4) totaled 13 runs, 19 hits, four home runs, five doubles and
batted .339 at the plate in the two wins. The Bluejay pitching staff allowed
four earned runs, 10 hits and held opposing batters to a .196 average.
Five Bluejays posted two or more hits on the day including four from senior
Amy Baker who hammered her sixth homer of the season in game two. Sophomore Liz
Dike notched three hits including a pair of doubles. Senior Ashley Frutos,
junior Blair Lowe and freshman Kelsey Allender each posted two hits.
Three other Bluejays went yard besides Baker Friday. Freshman Blake Ringle connected
on her first career home run with a three-run blast against Lamar (5-9) in the
nightcap. CU junior Alexis Cantu returned to UT Arlington (6-6) where she
played as a freshman and powered a homer over the wall in right center against
her old team in the opener. Sophomore Bri Lingl also cracked a solo home run early
UT Arlington posted a run with two outs in the bottom of the first.
Back-to-back singles from UTA and a stolen base put the Mavericks up 1-0 after
In the next CU at-bat sophomore Bri Lingl homered to right field, her second
of the season, to knot the game at 1-1 after two innings.
Changstrom and the Creighton defense responded by retiring 17 consecutive UTA
batters until a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh.
Cantu claimed the game-winning run with a towering home run to right field to put CU up 2-1. A double by Lingl set up the other score. Freshman Erin McGonigal came in to pinch run and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from MaKenzie Michael before a single from Allender scored the run for the final tally.
Changstrom struck out five and did not allow a walk to earn the three-hit, complete-game
victory and improve to 4-2 this season.
Cantu started in the circle for the Jays in game two against Lamar.
With two outs in the top of the first, Baker smashed her sixth homer, a solo
shot, of the young season. She increased her career total to 47. She is now
just three shy of tying the CU all-time record and five short of the MVC
Up 1-0 Creighton continued the two-out rally. A walk to Cantu and a single
by Lingl put two runners on for pinch hitter Ringle. The freshman came through
with a three-run rocket to right center to give CU a 4-0 lead heading into
Lamar's first at-bat.
The Lady Cardinals managed to get on the board in the bottom of the third
frame to cut the Bluejays' lead in half. A pair of doubles allowed LU to plate
a pair of runs to close to within two runs of Creighton after three.
The Bluejays posted another four-run inning in the top of the fourth. A
leadoff double from Frutos and a single from Allender put two on with no outs.
A double from Dike scored Frutos to give CU a 5-2 advantage.
After an LU pitching change, a fielder's choice off the bat of junior Ellen
Homan and a walk to Lowe loaded the bases for Baker. The senior responded with a
double to right center to clear the bases and put the Bluejays up 8-2.
Lamar answered with a run on a sacrifice fly to left in the bottom of the
frame to make it an 8-3 Bluejay lead.
CU added a pair of scores in the top of the seventh. After an LU pitching
change, Frutos and Allender drew walks. Lowe later laced a two-out single to
left to bring the runs across and yield the final score.
Cantu earned the complete-game victory to move to 2-1 on the season.
Baker ended game two a triple shy of the cycle against Lamar with a homer,
double and a single to go with an intentional walk.
Creighton continues play at the UTA Maverick Invitational against No. 21
Tulsa at 11 a.m. Saturday. Later in the afternoon, the Bluejays will play a
rematch against either UTA or Lamar in a semifinal contest slated for either 3
or 5 p.m.
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