Softball Settles for a Doubleheader Split
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Creighton softball team split a pair of contests at the Rebel Spring Games with a 3-0 win over Butler followed by a 5-0 setback to Eastern Illinois Sunday.
A day after posting impressive offensive numbers, Creighton (11-7) managed just three hits on day two of the tournament. Junior Ellen Homan led the Bluejay bats with a single and double while sophomore Bri Lingl's second homer of the weekend secured a victory over Butler. In game two against Eastern Illinois (6-6), Creighton found itself on the wrong side of a no-hitter from Panther hurler Hanna Mennenga.
Junior Becca Changstrom continued her dominance in the circle against Butler (2-11) in game one. The right-hander pitched her second complete-game shutout of the weekend against the Bulldogs allowing just two hits. Changstrom did not allow a walk and struck out 10 BU batters.
On the weekend Changstrom posted a perfect 0.00 ERA allowing just six hits to Saint Francis and Butler. The Lincoln, Neb., native charted eight strikeouts against SFU and followed it up with 10 K's versus Butler. She only allowed one walk all weekend and held opposing batters to just a .122 clip at the plate.
The Creighton offense broke open the game early against Butler then defended behind Changstrom to secure the win.
All of the scoring occurred in the top of the first inning. Homan led the game off with a single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt from classmate Blair Lowe moved Homan to second. Junior Alexis Cantu drew a two-out walk before Lingl hammered a home run deep down the left field line to clear the bases and give Creighton a 3-0 lead.
The trio of runs would be all that Creighton needed to earn the victory. Homan later doubled in the fifth inning for the Jays' final hit of the day.
Butler posted singles in the second and fifth innings and only had three base runners all day against the Jays.
Changstrom improved to 7-3 on the year with the win.
Cantu started in the circle for the Bluejays in game two.
Eastern Illinois opened the game with a solo home run to jump out to an early 1-0 advantage.
With an early lead in-hand, Panther pitcher Hanna Mennenga put together an impressive outing against Creighton to record her first career no-hitter. She allowed one walk and struck out 12 to improve to 4-1 this season.
Senior Amy Baker's walk in the bottom of the first inning was the Bluejays' only base runner of the game.
EIU added two runs in the third inning then posted a single run in both the fourth and fifth frames to claim a 5-0 victory.
CU junior Brittany Telecky came on to pitch for the final two innings and held EIU without a hit. She allowed one walk and struck out four Panther batters.
Cantu took the loss to drop to 3-3 on the year.
After a day off, Creighton resumes play at the Rebel Spring Games beginning at 2 p.m. CT Tuesday with a contest against Youngstown State before battling Fairleigh Dickinson in the second game of a doubleheader slated for 4 p.m.