Wichita State Beats Softball 14-1

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Liz McKewon
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OMAHA, Neb. - Wichita State finished off a three-game sweep of the Creighton softball team with a 14-1 win Sunday at the CU Sports Complex.  The Shockers connected for four home runs, including a grand slam and an inside-the-park home run in the run-rule victory.

The Shockers (13-28, 6-8 MVC) started their offensive explosion in the second inning, scoring first on an RBI single from Erin Carney.  Brittney Osborn later added her first home run of the season, a two-run shot to make it 3-0 WSU after two innings.

Wichita State added two more runs in the third inning on a rare softball inside-the-park home run.  Sammie Shook's fly ball to the right center field gap split Bluejay center fielder Christa Ruf and right fielder Danai Martin.  The Bluejay fielders collided and the ball tipped off of Martin's glove, rolling into an empty center field, allowing Shook to circle the bases and make the score 5-0.

Another WSU round-tripper added to its lead in the fourth inning.  Bluejay reliever Kylie Hovinga walked two and allowed a single to load the bases for Jamie Hull.  And for the second time in as many games, the Shocker first baseman smashed a grand slam off of the Bluejay left-hander and the Shockers were up 9-0.

Creighton (18-21, 6-6 MVC) scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, on an RBI single from Ruf.  The two-out base knock scored Liz McKewon from second base after she had reached on a bunt single and moved into scoring position on a single by Amy Baker.

A five-run inning, keyed by a three-run home run by Heather Gerritse concluded scoring for the Shockers in the fifth inning.

Sammy Snygg (1-10) took the loss for the Jays, she started and went three innings, allowing four hits and five runs in the start.

Katie Armagost improved to 5-10 with the win for the Shockers, she scattered three hits and struck out one, tossing 60 pitches in the five-inning complete game.

The game marked the first time Creighton had allowed at least 10 runs in a Missouri Valley Conference game since April 9, 2002, when the Bluejays defeated Drake 13-12.  The Jays had not allowed 14 runs in an MVC game since a 15-9 loss at Southern Illinois on April 27, 1996 and had never lost an MVC game by more than 10 runs.

Creighton will look to snap its four-game skid when it plays host to league-leading Drake on Wednesday.  The Bluejays and Bulldogs (27-14, 13-1 MVC) will play a doubleheader starting at 3 pm at the CU Sports Complex on Wednesday.
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