WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Creighton softball team posted a split on the third straight day of the Rebel Spring Games with a 2-0 shutout of Indiana State before a 4-1 setback to Utah Valley on Tuesday.
Creighton (9-10) faced former Missouri Valley Conference rival Indiana State (12-7) to begin the day. CU scored both of its runs during a rally in the bottom of the sixth. Three singles led to a pair of runs that would hold up for the Jays’ victory. Senior Becca Changstrom pitched her third consecutive complete-game shutout, allowing just four hits to ISU.
Game two featured two teams on multiple-game win streaks as the Jays entered the contest as winners of five straight and Utah Valley (5-13) owned a four-game win streak. The Wolverines scored in three of the first four innings to go up 4-0. The Bluejays could only manage four hits in the game. A late run by Creighton in the seventh yielded the final score of 4-1.
Changstrom earned the start in the circle for the Jays against Indiana State.
After five scoreless innings, Creighton scored it only runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Blair Lowe opened the frame with a single up the middle. A one-out single up the middle from junior Bri Lingl scored Lowe from second to give the Jays a 1-0 edge.
Junior Liz Dike reached on a fielder’s choice then stole second. Senior Alexis Cantu hit an RBI single through the right side with two outs on the scoreboard to score Dike and put Creighton up 2-0.
That score would hold up as Changstrom closed out the Sycamores’ final at-bat in the top of the seventh. She improved to 5-5 on the year with the win while posting seven strikeouts.
Cantu started game two in the circle for the Jays against Utah Valley.
Following a scoreless first frame, Utah Valley got on the board in the bottom of the second with a two-out rally. A walk, steal and a single helped the Wolverines take a 1-0 lead.
UVU added two more runs in the third. A single, passed ball, CU error and multiple steals to lead off the inning resulted in two runs for the Wolverines in the inning to give UVU a 3-0 advantage.
The Wolverines’ final run came in the bottom of the fourth. Three singles and a steal led to a score for Utah Valley and a 4-0 lead.
Creighton scored its run in the top of the seventh inning. Dike laid down a bunt single then advanced to second on an error. Sophomore Blake Ringle connected on a two-out RBI double to score Dike to cut the lead to three at 4-1 before UVU notched the final out to claim the win.
Cantu fell to 2-3 with the loss. The Bluejays will take a day off from competition on Wednesday before resuming the Rebel Spring Games early Thursday morning.
Creighton is in the midst of playing 12 games in a span of seven days. CU will play South Dakota twice, and one game apiece against Manhattan, UMass-Lowell, Bucknell, Indiana State, Utah Valley, Saint Peter’s, Siena, Howard, Army and Albany.
UPDATED Rebel Spring Games Results/Schedule (All times Central)
Sun. March 9 Creighton 4, Manhattan 0 Sun. March 9 Creighton 4, UMass-Lowell 3
Mon. March 10 Creighton 1, South Dakota 0 Mon. March 10 Creighton 5, Bucknell 3
Tues. March 11 Creighton 2, Indiana State 0 Tues. March 11 Utah Valley 4, Creighton 1
Thurs. March 13 vs. Saint Peter’s (1-3) Winter Haven, Fla. 8 am Thurs. March 13 vs. Siena (1-3) Winter Haven, Fla. 10 am
Fri. March 14 vs. Howard (0-0) Winter Haven, Fla. 8 am Fri. March 14 vs. Army (5-8) Winter Haven, Fla. 10 am
Sat. March 15 vs. Albany (2-2) Winter Haven, Fla. 8 am Sat. March 15 vs. South Dakota (8-5) Winter Haven, Fla. 10 am
SB: Providence at Creighton (5/3/14)
SB: DePaul at Creighton (4/18/14)
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