OMAHA, Neb. - Jenna DeLong pitched 11.1 innings of scoreless softball for Drake as the Bulldogs swept a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader from Creighton at the CU Sports Complex Wednesday afternoon. The senior right-hander tied her career-high with 16 strikeouts in a 5-0 game-one win and then picked up the win with 4.1 innings of one-hit relief in a 5-3 win for the Bulldogs in game two. Drake has now won six straight MVC games, while the Bluejays have lost six straight overall.
Drake (29-15, 15-1 MVC) plated four runs in the first inning, as each of the first four Bulldog hitters reached base and scored. DeLong and Amy Pierce opened the game with back-to-back singles and Bluejay starter Sammy Snygg hit Torey Craddock with a pitch to load the bases for clean-up hitter Erin Mollohan. Mollohan doubled off the left center field fence to drive in the first two runs of the game. An RBI single from Jordan Gronewold and a sacrifice fly from Nicole Randel gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead before the Bluejays came to the plate.
A two-out RBI double from Molly McClelland in the second inning gave Drake a 5-0 lead.
Snygg (1-11) overcame a slow start to throw a complete game. The sophomore right-hander allowed nine hits and five earned runs, walking five and striking out one in the loss.
DeLong allowed just the one hit, struck out 16 and had no walks in the game one victory.
Mollohan was the only player in the opener with more than one hit, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Creighton (18-23, 6-8 MVC) scored their first run of the day in the bottom of the first inning of game two. Ellen Homan led off the game with a bloop double down the left field line and would score on MaKenzie Michael's RBI single later in the frame to give the Jays their first lead.
Drake scored its first run of game two on an RBI double off the bat of Randel. Randel later stole home when Sam West got caught in a run-down long enough to allow her to score from third on the play, putting the Bulldogs ahead 2-1.
Amy Pierce's solo home run in the third inning put the Bulldogs ahead 3-1.
A pair of run-scoring singles for the Bluejays tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third inning. Ashley Frutos and Homan started the inning with consecutive singles to get the rally started. Danai Martin, pinch-running for Frutos, scored the first run of the inning on an RBI single by Christa Ruf. Homan tied the game when she scored on Michael's second RBI single of the game.
DeLong helped her cause in the top of the fourth inning, as her two-run single with one out proved to be the difference in the game.
Becca Changstrom, pitching for the first time since April 10, took the loss for the Bluejays, falling to 12-8 on the year. The freshman right-hander went 3.1 innings, allowing five hits, four walks and five earned runs in the loss. Brittany Telecky pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to end the game and allowed only an infield hit in her outing.
DeLong pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless relief for Drake to pick up her second win of the day, improving to 18-4 on the season. The right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out seven to push her K total to 23 in the doubleheader. Gronewold had a no-decision with six hits and three runs allowed in 2.2 innings of work in the start for DU.
Homan and Michael each finished with two hits in the night cap, as the Bluejays out-hit the Bulldogs 7-6 in the second game.
Creighton will look to snap its six-game losing streak when it plays a three-game series at Northern Iowa this weekend. The Bluejays and Panthers play a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday in Cedar Falls.