OMAHA, Neb. – The Creighton softball team extended its win streak to six games after a dominant 12-0 run-rule victory of five innings in game one of a doubleheader at Seton Hall but the host Pirates bounced back with a 5-3 win in game two to forge a split Saturday afternoon.
Creighton (25-15, 6-4 BIG EAST) broke open game one by scoring six runs in the top of the fourth to make it a 10-0 advantage over SHU. For the second consecutive game, senior Alexis Cantu and junior Bri Lingl hit back-to-back home runs at the plate to lead the Jays offense. Another Cantu homer in the top of the fifth capped the win.
Cantu led the Creighton offense with two homers and five RBI while junior Liz Dike added two hits including a homer and three RBI. Seven Jays posted a hit in the game and five registered an RBI. In the circle, senior Becca Changstrom maintained her solid numbers this year giving up just five hits while striking out eight Pirates.
In game two, Seton Hall (10-26, 4-4 BIG EAST) jumped out to an early lead and later extended it to 5-0 after four. The Bluejays came back with three runs in the fifth and sixth frames to cut the lead to 5-3 sparked by Cantu’s third round tripper of the day and Dike’s second homer of the series. Creighton loaded the bases in the top of the seventh but could not bring a run across as SHU held on for the win.
Changstrom opened in the circle in game one for the Bluejays.
After a scoreless first frame, CU opened up a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after an RBI double from freshman Jen Daro scored Dike. In the third, Dike rifled a three-run blast to left field to put the Jays up 4-0.
The Jay’s sixth frame featured Cantu’s three-run homer followed by Lingl’s solo shot to left to make it 8-0. A single by Dike and an RBI triple by freshman Allie Reinhart along with an SHU error put Creighton in front at 10-0 after four.
Creighton sophomore Blake Ringle drew a two-out walk in the top of the fifth before Cantu drilled a homer to left center to account for the 12-0 final.
Changstrom improved to 14-8 overall with the win.
Cantu got the pitching start in game two.
SHU utilized a single, stolen base and sacrifice bunt to manufacture a 1-0 lead after one.
After a scoreless second frame, SHU extended its lead in the bottom of the third. A two-RBI Pirate double followed by an RBI single helped Seton Hall build a 4-0 advantage and force a pitching change by the Jays to junior Mac Millspaugh.
In the bottom of the fourth, three SHU players reached base with two outs to plate the Pirates final run of the day at 5-0.
Creighton began its comeback in the top of the fifth with Cantu’s third homer of the day. The ball sailed over the right center fence to score two and cut the SHU lead to 5-2.
In the next frame, Dike led off with a solo homer to the deepest part of the park in straight away center to move the Jays within 5-3.
Creighton loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with two outs but could not score.
Cantu took the loss to drop to 5-5 on the season.
The Bluejays end the three-game set at Seton Hall with a single game slated for 10 a.m. CT Sunday.
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