Softball Upends No. 21 Tulsa in Two-Game Split Saturday
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Creighton softball team recorded a split on day two of the UTA Maverick Invitational as the Bluejays upended No. 21 Tulsa 4-3 in eight innings before a 3-2 setback to Lamar at UT Arlington's Allan Saxe Field Saturday.
Creighton (8-5) notched a come-from-behind victory over No.21 Tulsa (13-5) to begin the day. Down 3-1 with one on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, CU sophomore Liz Dike ripped her first home run of the season to stun the Golden Hurricane and tie the game at 3-3. The Bluejays held Tulsa off the scoreboard in the top of the eighth before sophomore Bri Lingl singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame to secure the 4-3 victory.
Prior to today's defeat of No. 21 Tulsa, CU's last win over a top-25 team came on Feb. 14, 2010, when the Bluejays topped No. 15 Northwestern, 2-1, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Creighton's last win in extra innings occurred May 6 in the final regular-season game of 2012 when the Jays edged Missouri State 5-4 in eight innings at the CU Sports Complex.
In the nightcap, Lamar (6-10) jumped out to an early 2-0 and never relinquished the lead. Creighton managed just three hits off of Lady Cardinal starter Tina Schulz. The Jays could not take advantage of four Lamar errors despite tying the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.
In game one junior Becca Changstrom started in the circle for Creighton against No. 21 Tulsa.
After a scoreless first inning, Creighton opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Lingl rifled a one-out double down the left field line. Freshman Kelsey Allender drew a two-out walk to put two runners on. Freshman pinch hitter Blake Ringle scored freshman pinch runner Cassie Sharon from second on an RBI single through the right side to give Creighton 1-0.
Tulsa knotted the game at 1-1 in the top of the third inning thanks to a leadoff double, two-out walk and an RBI single
The Golden Hurricane took the lead in the top of the next frame. A one-out walk and two-out single followed by a double down the left field line scored a single run to put Tulsa up 2-1.
Neither team scored the next two innings heading into the seventh. A solo homer by Tulsa pitcher Lacey Middlebrooks padded the Golden Hurricane lead to 3-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Allender connected on a one-out single to start the CU seventh. Two batters later Dike throttled a two-run homer over the left field wall to tie the game at 3-3.
With international tiebreaker rules in effect in the eighth, Changstrom and the Jays' defense allowed did not allow an additional base runner to close out the top of the inning.
With junior Ellen Homan on second, classmate Blair Lowe drew a walk before a fielder's choice by Baker forced Homan out at third. After a wild pitch from Middlebrooks, both runners moved up a base. Junior Alexis Cantu drew a walk to load the bases with one out before Lingl singled up the middle to drive in Lowe from third for the winning 4-3 score.
Changstrom improved to 5-2 this season with the win. She finished with 10 strikeouts against three walks in the complete-game victory.
CU junior Brittany Telecky started in the circle for the Jays in game two against Lamar.
Lamar opened the game with two runs in the top of the first inning. A leadoff walk, stolen base and one-out single produced one Lady Cardinal run. Another walk and double down the left field line chased Telecky from the circle as Cantu entered the game in relief with runners at second and third and one out. A rare 4-3-2 double play allowed the Bluejays to escape down just 2-0 heading into their first at-bat.
Creighton answered with a run in the bottom of the frame. A two-out double by senior Amy Baker followed by another two-base hit from Cantu accounted for the run to cut the Lamar advantage to 2-1 after one.
The Bluejays tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. A one-out single from senior Ashley Frutos started the inning. Junior Ellen Homan reached on a fielder's choice and later moved to second on a passed ball. An LU error allowed freshman Katie Pascuzzi to reach base and Homan to score and tie the contest at 2-2 heading into the fifth inning.
Lamar scored the winning run in the top of the sixth. A leadoff walk and a two-out walk followed by a single scored the deciding run for the Lady Cardinals.
Frutos' single in the fourth was the lone hit by Creighton after the first inning as CU struggled at the plate to suffer its first loss of the tournament and snap a five-game win streak.
Telecky suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season.
Creighton concludes play at the UTA Maverick Invitational against host UT Arlington at 10 a.m. Sunday.