AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Creighton softball team won a pair of contests at the Rebel Spring Games Thursday, edging St. Peter’s 1-0 before defeating Siena 5-1.
Creighton (11-10) pitchers allowed one run and just three hits on the day. CU Junior Mac Millspaugh pitched a two-hit shutout against St. Peter’s (2-9). Later senior Becca Changstrom held Siena (5-6) to just one run in a one-hit outing in game two.
Creighton senior Blair Lowe doubled to open the game. Classmate Ellen Homan hit an RBI single to bring Lowe across the plate in the top of the first inning. That run would hold up over all seven innings to give the Bluejays the 1-0 victory.
Junior Bri Lingl posted a single in the top of the third while CU freshman Jessica Lewis singled to open the fifth frame to account for the other two CU hits.
Millspaugh pitched a complete game shutout to improve to 2-1 this season.
Changstrom started game two for the Jays.
After a scoreless first inning, Creighton opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Senior Alexis Cantu opened with a walk as sophomore came on to run at first base. A sacrifice bunt by freshman Jen Daro moved the runner to second with two outs. Lewis hit an RBI double scoring McGonigal to make it 1-0.
Creighton doubled its lead in the bottom of the third frame. Homan led off with a single as sophomore Katie Pascuzzi pinch ran at first. A sacrifice bunt by junior Liz Dike moved the runner to second. After a Cantu walk, sophomore Blake Ringle hit a single to sore Pascuzzi and give Creighton a 2-0 lead.
Siena cut the Jays’ lead in half in the top of the fourth inning. A hit by pitch, steal and a double – the Saints’ only hit of the game – scored the Siena run for a 2-1 CU lead.
The Jays’ answered in the bottom of the frame. Lowe and Homan teamed up again with two outs to rally CU. Lowe singled, then stole second. Homan followed with an RBI single to put Creighton up 3-1.
Creighton added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth frame. Two hit by pitches forced a Siena pitching change. A sacrifice bunt by sophomore Kelsey Allender moved Daro to third and Lewis to second with one out. Homan hit another two-out RBI single to score the runs and give CU a 5-1 lead.
Changstrom improved to 6-5 with the win. She pitch a one-hit shutout and struck out 10 Siena batters.
The Bluejays resume the Rebel Spring Games early Friday morning against Howard.
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 Creighton 1, Saint Peter’s 0 Thurs. March 13 Creighton 5, Siena 1
Fri. March 14 vs. Howard Winter Haven, Fla. 8 am Fri. March 14 vs. Army Winter Haven, Fla. 10 am
Sat. March 15 vs. Albany Winter Haven, Fla. 8 am Sat. March 15 vs. South Dakota Winter Haven, Fla. 10 am
SB: Providence at Creighton (5/3/14)
SB: DePaul at Creighton (4/18/14)
Creighton meets Villanova in a 16 inning thriller on the softball diamond.