OMAHA, Neb. – The Creighton softball team extended its win streak to five games after completing a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State at the CU Sports Complex Tuesday afternoon.
Creighton (24-14) claimed game one by exploding for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure a 10-2 run-rule victory over South Dakota State (7-23). In the nightcap, back-to-back home runs from senior Alexis Cantu and Bri Lingl provided the difference in the first inning to give the Jays a 3-0 win and achieve the sweep. Both players also hit a round tripper in game one.
CU’s Lingl led the offense with four hits and four RBI while Cantu added three hits and three RBI. Seven Jays posted a hit on the day and five registered an RBI.
In the circle, the Creighton pitching staff of Cantu, junior Mac Millspaugh and senior Brittany Telecky held the Jackrabbits to just four hits on the day.
Cantu opened in the circle in game one for the Bluejays.
The Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with one out as senior Blair Lowe and Cantu knocked back-to-back singles. Freshman Jessica Lewis came on to run for Cantu at first. Consecutive walks to junior Liz Dike and Lingl pushed across Lowe for a 1-0 CU advantage. An RBI single from freshman Allie Reinhart put another Bluejay run on the board with the bases loaded but SDSU got out of the jam with a pair of K’s.
SDSU scored its only runs of the day on a one-out, two-run homer in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 2-2.
Creighton inched ahead 3-2 on Lingl’s first solo homer of the day in the bottom of the third.
The CU lead would remain at one until the CU bats overheated in the bottom of the fifth frame.
Cantu opened the inning with a booming home run shot over the center field wall to make it 4-2. An SDSU error and back-to-back singles by Lingl and Reinhart helped bring in another run for a 5-2 score. An RBI single by sophomore Blake Ringle added another score for a 6-2 CU edge.
Another visitor error allowed another plated run by CU to put the Jays up by four 7-2 with two on and no outs. A two-RBI single by senior Ellen Homan with one out scored a pair of Jays runs for a 9-2 lead. After a Jackrabbit pitching change, Lowe and Cantu drew walks to load the bases then a two-out RBI single by Lingl ended the game for the home squad.
Cantu improved to 5-4 overall with the win giving up just two runs, three hits and striking out six.
Millspaugh started game two of the twin bill.
All of the offense occurred early for Creighton. In the bottom of the opening frame, Lowe drew a one-out walk before Cantu hammered her second homer of the day for a 2-0 Jays’ lead. Then Lingl stepped up to the plate and drilled her own solo homer to put Creighton up 3-0.
That would be all the Bluejays would need as Millspaugh kept SDSU in check through 4.1 innings of work, allowing just one Jackrabbit hit and striking out two. Telecky came on late in relief blanking SDSU over 2.2 innings to earn her second career save.
The Bluejays resume BIG EAST Conference play this weekend with a three-game set at Seton Hall beginning with a doubleheader slated for 11:00 a.m. CT Saturday.
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.