TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Creighton softball team completed a series sweep of Indiana State with a 9-1 victory at the Sycamores’ Price Field Sunday afternoon.
Creighton (24-11, 10-2 MVC) posted nine runs on 12 hits against Indiana State (14-27, 3-12 MVC). Sophomore Liz Dike led the Bluejay bats going 4-for-4 with a pair of triples and two singles. In the circle CU junior Becca Changstrom pitched a complete-game win giving up one run on five hits while striking out 10.
With six RBI on the weekend senior Amy Baker increased her career total to 162 and eclipsed the Valley career RBI record of 157 held by Heather Stella of Illinois State (1996-99). Another Redbird also surpassed the old record on the weekend, Illinois State senior Elizabeth Kay trails Baker by three with 159 career runs batted in.
CU stays in front of second-place Drake in the MVC standings. The Bluejays host the second-place Bulldogs in a doubleheader slated for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the CU Sports Complex.
Changstrom started in the circle for Creighton while the Jays’ batters went up against Halle Humphrey.
Junior Blair Lowe opened the game with a double to right center to continue her stellar weekend at the plate. Dike followed with a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Dike was caught stealing before senior Amy Baker singled to right to score Lowe from third to give Creighton a 1-0 edge after one inning.
In the top of the second, senior Sammy Snygg dropped in a two-out double to shallow center field to start a Bluejay rally. Lowe followed by drawing a walk. Dike ripped a triple to the wall in right center to score two runs and give CU a 3-0 lead.
Indiana State opened the bottom of the frame with a solo home run to cut the Creighton lead to 3-1 after two.
Junior Alexis Cantu drilled her fourth homer of the season to open the Bluejay third inning to increase the CU lead to 4-1.
After a scoreless fourth frame, Creighton increased its lead in the top of the fifth. Dike connected on her third hit of the day on an infield single. Then Baker and Cantu drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Freshman Cassie Sharon came into run at first base for Cantu.
Sophomore Bri Lingl hammered a double to center field to score two runs and puts runners in scoring position. With the Bluejays up 6-1 and one out, freshman Kelsey Allender connected on an infield single just in front of the plate to load the bases. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Kim Jacobson allowed a run to score to put Creighton up 7-1 after five.
Lowe smashed her second homer of the season, and weekend, with a solo shot over the right field fence to put CU out front 8-1. Dike followed with a triple off of the fence in center field. Baker hit an RBI single on the left side to score Dike from third and yield the 9-1 final.
Changstrom improved to 17-6 with the win while Humphrey fell to 4-10.
Creighton returns to Omaha for a seven-game homestand beginning with a doubleheader against Drake beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the CU Sports Complex.
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