OMAHA, Neb. – For the third straight game a Creighton softball team home run provided the margin of victory over BIG EAST foe Villanova for a 3-1 Bluejay win at the CU Sports Complex on Sunday.
In the series finale Creighton (22-14, 5-3 BIG EAST) freshman Allie Reinhart appeared in a pinch-hitting role in the bottom of the sixth and drilled her first career home run to bring across all three Jays’ runs and secure a 3-1 lead. Villanova (10-22, 0-6 BIG EAST) loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with one out but a Creighton double play ended the threat and contest.
In the circle, Creighton junior Mac Millspaugh earned the start and pitched admirably giving up just one run on five hits with one strikeout and one walk.
For the second straight game in the series, the visiting Wildcats jumped out to an early lead. Two VU singles led to the first run of the game in the top of the second inning to put Villanova 1-0.
Creighton put runners into scoring position in each of its next four at-bats, including a bases-loaded third inning but could not bring a tying run across.
The Jays rallied in the bottom of the sixth frame to take the lead. Junior Liz Dike drew a walk and later stole second with one out on the scoreboard. Daro then drew another free base. Reinhart came into the game as a pinch hitter and towered a long ball over the fence in left center for her first career homer to clear the bases and give CU a two-run lead of 3-1.
VU used a walk and pair of singles to load the bases in its final at-bat with one out as CU senior Brittany Telecky came on for a save opportunity for the Jays. A line out double play from Dike to Daro ended the Wildcat threat to give the Jays the victory.
Millspaugh improved to 3-1 with the win as Telecky earned her first career save.
Creighton steps out of conference play this week when it hosts South Dakota State for a doubleheader slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. CT Tuesday at the CU Sports Complex.