Baker Rewrites Record Books in Creighton Split
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Creighton softball senior Amy Baker etched her name atop the program's all-time record books for a second straight day after her solo homer tied the Bluejays' career home run mark of 50 and increased her RBI career total to 147, good for sole possession of the CU record.
Baker's home run was the only Creighton (14-8) run of the game in a 3-1 loss to Robert Morris (9-6) at the Rebel Spring Games Wednesday. In the Jays' second game of the day sophomore Bri Lingl smashed two home runs, a three-run shot and solo homer, to collect all four RBI in CU's 4-0 victory over Army (5-8).
The home run by Baker increased her career total to 50 - tying assistant coach Renae Sinkler's program record set in 2010. The Omaha native is also just two home runs shy of the all-time Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) record of 52 set by Illinois State's Abby Olson in 2011.
Baker also established a new career RBI Creighton record at 147 after the homer moving ahead of Sinkler atop the runs batted in list. She also ranks in third on the all-time MVC RBI career list just 10 shy of the record of 157 held by Illinois State's Heather Stella since 1999.
The bomb off of the bat of Baker pushed her season home run total to nine this year, already surpassing her haul of eight from last season.
Home runs accounted for all of the runs in Creighton's doubleheader. Robert Morris hit a three-run shot before Baker's solo effort to cap a 3-1 win in game one. Lingl's pair of homers gave the Bluejays their 4-0 margin of victory over Army.
On offense Baker led the Jays with three hits, including two doubles off the fence that were close to going out. Lingl and sophomore Liz Dike also connected on a pair of hits. In the circle, CU pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts in a pair of complete games.
Junior Becca Changstrom started in the circle for the Bluejays against RMU.
Through three scoreless innings Changstrom racked up eight strikeouts including seven in a row. But the Colonials' bats got hot in the fourth inning. With two on and no outs Robert Morris notched a three-run homer to go up 3-0 before the Jays got out of the inning.
In the bottom of the frame, Baker posted her record-setting homer to account for the 3-1 final.
Changstrom took the loss in the game to fall to 9-4 despite striking out a season-high 12 batters and not allowing a walk.
Creighton junior Alexis Cantu earned the starting nod for game two in the circle.
After two scoreless innings, the Bluejays opened the scoring in game two. Dike singled down the left field line and Baker followed with a double to the same direction to put runners on second and third with one out. Lingl came up two batters later to produce a three-run homer and give the Jays a 3-0 lead.
Neither team scored again until the sixth when Lingl opened the inning with a solo homer over the left field fence to yield the final score.
Cantu earned the complete-game win to move to 4-3 this season. She gave up just five hits to the Black Knights and struck out eight batters while allowing two free passes.
Creighton now prepares for its MVC season-opening series this weekend at Evansville. The Bluejays battle the Purple Aces in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon CT before closing out the series on Sunday at noon.