TULSA, Okla. -- Northwestern State scored a run in the top of the eighth inning in a 2-1 win over Creighton Softball on Saturday morning at the Tulsa Invitational. The Bluejays stranded 11 women in the loss, including seven in scoring position.
The loss dropped Creighton to 4-9 on the year, while defending Southland Conference Tournament champions Northwestern State improved to 8-7.
Brittany Virgoe got the Lady Demons on the board first, leading off the top of the third inning with her second home run of the season.
NSU remained in the lead until Creighton tied it in the sixth, when the Bluejays sent seven women to the plate. With Blair Lowe on first and two away, three straight women would reach. Alexis Cantu singled and CU packed the bases on a walk to Bri Lingl. Cassie Sharon gave CU its only run of the weekend when she was hit with a 2-2 pitch, forcing home Lowe. Blake Ringle flied out to center on a 10-pitch at-bat to end the threat.
Creighton nearly won the game in the bottom of the seventh. Allie Reinhart doubled with two outs and Lingl followed with a walk, but Becca Changstrom popped out to force extra innings.
The teams used the international tiebreaker to open the eighth, as a runner was placed on second base to start the inning. Brittney Jones was placed on second and moved to third on a grounder that resulted in the first out. She would later score on a ground ball to short off the bat of Kay Boening.
Creighton's turn in the eighth came up empty. Changstrom was placed on second and moved to third on a sac bunt by Ringle. But Jen Daro struck out in a nine-pitch at-bat before pinch-hitter Alex Millspaugh grounded out to end the game.
Lowe led Creighton with two hits and a walk, as the Jays had four hits, six walks and a hit batsman. Changstrom (2-5) was the hard-luck loser, allowing just one earned run in eight innings of work.
NSU's Kaylee Guidry (2-2) earned the win with three shutout innings.
Creighton next plays 12 games in a span of seven days at the Rebel Spring Games in Winter Haven, Fla. The busy week begins Sunday, March 9th with a 9 am game vs. UMass-Lowell.
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