Shockers Sweep Doubleheader from Softball
OMAHA, Neb. - Wichita State posted a pair of come-from-behind wins to sweep a doubleheader from Creighton at the CU Sports Complex Saturday afternoon. The Shockers overcame a 2-0 deficit and used an unearned run to win 3-2 in the opener, before overcoming a 5-0 deficit in the night cap to win 6-5 in eight innings. The Bluejays out-hit the Shockers in both losses, but Bluejay pitchers issued 13 walks in the twin bill.
In the the opener, a dropped fly ball in the top of the seventh inning allowed the Shockers (12-28, 5-8 MVC) to score what proved to be the game-winning run. Hayley Temple's sky-high fly ball appeared headed to left field when it left the bat, but strong winds pushed it to shallow left center and the ball glanced off of Bluejay shortstop Jennifer Bohle's glove, allowing the go-ahead run to score from second base.
Creighton (18-20, 6-5 MVC) scored in the first inning of both games, plating two runs in the opener. Ellen Homan and Amy Baker started game one with back-to-back singles and both runners were in scoring position when Brittanee Grove singled through the right side to put the Bluejays ahead 2-0 after one inning.
After working around leadoff walks in the first and second innings, Bluejay starter Sammy Snygg set down the side in order in the third inning and carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning. In the fourth, Snygg again issued a leadoff walk and the Shockers followed with their first hit of the game, a single by Hayley Temple. The Shockers then scored both runs on a double down the left field line from Sammie Shook and the game was tied at 2-2 through four innings.
The Bluejays wasted a leadoff double from Danai Martin in the fifth inning, stranding her at third base after getting her there with one out and stranded four runners in the one-run loss.
The two out error in the seventh allowed Kiersten Dixon to score the winning run. Dixon had reached base on Snygg's seventh walk of the opening game.
Sloan Anderson picked up the win in relief for the Shockers, tossing 2.1 innings of hitless softball. She struck out three and walked one in the first game. Katie Armagost took a no decision for the Shockers, lasting 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
Snygg took the loss, allowing only three Shocker hits in the complete game effort. The sophomore right-hander walked seven and struck out six in the opener.
In game two, the Bluejays again jumped on the Shocker starting pitcher, this time scoring four runs in the first inning. Brianna Smet allowed a leadoff single to Homan and then committed the first of her two errors in the frame allowing Martin to reach. Baker was hit by a pitch to load the bases for MaKenzie Michael. Michael hit a soft comeback to Smet in the circle, but again the pitcher was unable to handle it and the Jays' first run scored. Snygg drove in the next run with a sacrifice fly and the Bluejays concluded first-inning scoring when Liz McKewon drove in two runs on a single which glanced off of Smet's glove.
Creighton added to its 4-0 lead in the second inning, as Homan again led off the frame with a single. She would later score on a double by Michael and the Jays were up 5-0 after two innings.
The Shockers got scored four runs on one swing of the bat in the top of the third, as a double and two walks loaded the bases for Shocker first baseman Jamie Hull. Hull quickly unloaded the bases with a grand slam to deep right field and WSU was right back in the game.
WSU tied the game on a solo home run by Sammie Snook.
After scoring five runs in the first inning, the Bluejays could not get any more runs across the plate, as they stranded 10 runners in the loss. The Jays stranded the potential winning run at third base in the bottom of the seventh.
The Shockers again took advantage of free bases in the eighth inning, as Shook walked with two outs to get a rally going for the Shockers. Back-to-back singles from Rachel Milnar and Erin Carney pushed the go-ahead run across for the Shockers, putting the visitors ahead 6-5.
The Bluejays went quietly in the eighth inning, as Anderson, on in relief for the second straight game, retired the side in order to pick up her second win of the day.
Anderson hurled five innings of relief in game two, allowing just two hits, while striking out eight to improve to 4-6 on the season.
Snygg, Creighton's third pitcher of the game, pitched three innings of relief and took the loss again for the Jays, dropping to 1-9 on the year. Snygg did not allowe a walk or base hit in her first two innings of work, before allowing the two-out rally in the eighth. Hovinga lasted 2.1 innings, allowing four runs, three hits and three walks in the start. Brittany Telecky hurled 2.2 innings, allowing one hit, but walking two in her relief efforts.
The loss was the first time Creighton had blown a five-run lead in a game since it lost a seven-run lead in a 13-10 loss to Louisiana-Monroe on March 8, 2003. It dropped the Bluejays to 1-3 on the season in extra inning games.
The Jays finished with eight hits in game two, two each from Homan, Michael and McKewon. CU, which entered the day 16-1 on the year when out-hitting the opponent, out-hit the Shockers 13-9 in the doubleheader, but lost both games.
The Bluejays will look to salvage one game in the series when they host the Shockers at noon on Sunday.