EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Creighton softball team split a doubleheader at
Evansville to open Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) play after a 2-0 victory in
the opener and a 5-2 setback in the nightcap at the Purple Aces' Cooper Stadium
Friday night. Senior Amy Baker set a new Creighton career home run mark in the
(15-9, 1-1 MVC) won the opener after back-to-back solo home runs from sophomore
Liz Dike and Baker on offense. Junior Becca Changstrom contained the Evansville
(7-12, 1-1 MVC) bats by matching her career high of 13 strikeouts against the
run by Baker increased her career total to 51 establishing a new program record.
The Omaha native is now just one home run shy of the all-time MVC record of 52
set by Illinois State's Abby Olson in 2011. Baker owns 10 home runs this season
to lead the conference.
her new career RBI Creighton record as well, moving to 148. She also ranks in
third on the all-time MVC RBI career list just nine shy of the record of 157
held by Illinois State's Heather Stella since 1999.
Bluejays jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in game two but UE scored three in the
bottom of the third frame to take a 3-1 advantage. A solo home run by CU freshman
Blake Ringle cut the Aces' lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth, but UE added a
pair in the bottom of the inning for a 5-2 decision.
the Bluejays with three hits on the day while junior Ellen Homan added a pair.
team scored through the first four innings as Changstrom struck out five of six
UE batters to open the game.
top of the fifth with two outs, Dike connected on her second home run of the season
to give the Bluejays a 1-0 lead. Baker followed with a solo homer of her own to
increase the lead to 2-0.
managed just three hits in the game, a pair of singles and their best threat of
the game - a leadoff triple in the bottom of the sixth. After a ground out and
a walk, Changstrom got out of the jam by striking out the two in a row to
maintain the two-run lead.
ended the game by striking out the UE side in the bottom of the seventh to
match her career high of 13 strikeouts. She improved to 10-4 on the season with
junior Alexis Cantu earned the starting nod for game two in the circle.
After a scoreless first frame, Creighton posted a run in the top of the
second. A single by Cantu opened the inning as freshman Erin McGonigal entered
the game as a pinch runner. After a sacrifice bunt and an Evansville error, McGonigal
scored to give CU a 1-0 edge.
Evansville opened the third inning with a single. Cantu responded with two
strikeouts of UE batters before the Aces started a two-out rally. An RBI single
knotted the game at 1-1. A Bluejay error allowed an Ace to reach base and put
two on base. An Evansville double scored two more runs before CU got out of the
inning down 3-1.
Freshman Blake Ringle smashed a solo home run with one out in the top of the
sixth frame to cut the UE lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Evansville loaded the bases and scored another
pair of runs with two outs thanks to another Creighton error. UE led 5-2 after
six innings and held on for the win and earn a doubleheader split.
Cantu dropped to 4-4 on the year after the loss.
Creighton concludes its MVC season-opening series at Evansville with a
single game at noon CT Saturday.
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