TEMPE, Ariz. – The Creighton softball team blanked both sets of Broncos that it faced on the diamond on Friday afternoon defeating Western Michigan 9-0 in five innings before toppling Boise State 4-0 at the Tempe Sports Complex.
Creighton (2-2) evened its record behind strong pitching and a potent offense. The Jays used an eight-run third inning to overwhelm Western Michigan (1-1) in the first game. The Jays’ pitching staff kept Boise State (1-1) at bay to help lead CU to a win in game two.
Senior pitchers Becca Changstrom and Alexis Cantu combined to blank their Bronco opponents. The duo allowed just 11 hits and two walks while fanning 12 batters.
At the plate, senior Ellen Homan had a spectacular day. Homan went 3-for-4 at the plate with a three-run homer, pair of singles and two walks. She scored four of the Jays’ runs on the day. Junior Bri Lingl went 3-for-6 at the dish with three singles while classmate Liz Dike posted her third home run of the season
Changstrom got the starting nod in game one against Western Michigan.
The Bluejays opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. After a single by senior Blair Lowe, Homan reached on a fielder’s choice. Dike then hit an RBI double to score Homan and give Creighton an early 1-0 advantage.
Neither team scored in the second but Creighton exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the third frame to put the game out of reach. The Jays batted around in their lineup with Homan opening the frame with a single and later blasting a three-run shot before the final out of the inning.
Homan led off the CU third with a single. Dike would reach base on a WMU error. A single off the bat of Cantu scored Homan to make it 2-0. MaKenzie Michael came on to pinch run for Cantu. Lingl kept the Jays rolling with a single that scored two for a 4-0 CU lead.
CU freshman Jen Daro reached on an error and sophomore Erin McGonigal came into the game to run. A sacrifice fly by sophomore Blake Ringle scored Lingl from third to make it 5-0 Creighton.
Creighton freshman Jessica Lewis was hit by a pitch before Lowe doubled to center field as McGonigal scored to give the Jays a 6-0 lead.
Homan returned to the plate and connected on a three-run homer to make it a 9-0 lead for Creighton.
Neither team would score the rest of the way.
Changstrom allowed just two singles while fanning six batters on the day to even her record at 1-1 this season.
In game two, senior Alexis Cantu earned the start in the circle.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Creighton opened the scoring in the top of the third. Sophomore Kelsey Allender reached on an error and McGonigal followed with a walk. A single by Homan loaded the bases. Cantu then drew a bases-loaded walk to push across a run and give the Jays a 1-0 lead.
Creighton extended its lead in the top of the fourth. Ringle opened the frame with a single as Lewis came on to pinch run. A walk by Daro followed by a fielder’s choice from Allender put runners on the corners. CU sophomore Cassie Sharon reached on a fielder’s choice to score Lewis from third and give the Bluejays a 2-0 advantage.
Changstrom came on to pitch for Cantu to record the final two outs in the fifth.
The Jays doubled their lead in the top of the sixth. Homan drew a two-out walk before Dike drilled a home run to left field to make it 4-0 Creighton.
Cantu earned the win to move to 1-0 while Changstrom picked up her first save of the season.
The Jays will wrap-up play at the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday morning against No. 24 California.
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