TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Five Bluejays had multiple-hit games and Becca Changstrom allowed just two hits as the Creighton softball team topped Indiana State 9-0 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Price Field. Changstrom then picked up her first collegiate save in game two, combining with Brittany Telecky to blank the Sycamores 3-0 and sweep the road doubleheader. The Bluejays have now won five of their last six games after snapping a six-game losing streak, while the Sycamores have lost 11 straight.
In the opener, the Bluejays (23-24, 11-9 MVC) sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring six runs in the frame to take control of the game. Malloree Grove was hit by a pitch to start the inning and she moved to third when Jennifer Bohle followed with her first double of the season. Grove scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by Liz McKewon. Bohle then crossed the plate when Danai Martin followed with an RBI single. Changstrom broke up the string of consecutive hits by moving both McKewon and Martin into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt.
McKewon scored on an RBI single off the bat of Homan and the Jays were up 3-0. After Homan stole second base, Christa Ruf walked to load the bases for Amy Baker. Baker blooped in a single to score a pair or runs, her 29th and 30th RBI of the season. Ruf then stole home as Baker worked her way into a run down to put the Bluejays ahead 6-0.
Game one remained 6-0 until the seventh inning, when the Jays tacked on three more runs. Two runs scored on Emily Perry's pinch-hit single and the other scored when Martin reached on a bases loaded bunt single.
Indiana State's Kim Pierce led off the game with a single, but the Sycamores' only other hit in the ball game came from Olivia Andres in the fourth inning. The Sycamores (14-30, 3-18 MVC) left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two runners on in the fourth and seventh innings.
Changstrom improved to 16-8 on the season with her 17th complete game and seventh shutout of the season. The rookie right-hander struck out seven, walked two and allowed just the two singles to the Sycamores. The win for Changstrom moves her record in Valley play to 10-2.
Kristen Felker (8-11) took the opening loss for ISU. The starter lasted just 1.1 innings, allowing five hits and six earned runs in the loss.
Homan went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI in the opener. The game marked her second three-hit game of the season and team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the spring. Baker, Bohle and McKewon each went 2-for-3 in the game, with both Bohle and McKewon scoring twice. Martin had a career-high two RBI in the contest, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Grove, who was hit by a pitch in both of her plate appearances in the second inning, scored two runs in the opener.
In the second game the Bluejays scored on a bases loaded infield single in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. Sammy Snygg and Martin reached on singles and Homan walked to load the bases for McKewon. McKewon's two-out infield single was perfectly placed, allowing everyone to advance safely and the Bluejays led 1-0.
The Sycamores threatened to tie the game or even take the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Shelby Wilson and Pierce started the inning with back-to-back singles against Telecky. After a sacrifice bunt moved both ISU runners into scoring position, Bluejay head coach Brent Vigness called on Changstrom to enter from the bullpen. The rookie struck out the first batter she faced and induced a ground out from ISU's leading RBI producer Bailey Wittenauer to keep the Sycamores off the board.
Creighton tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Baker hit a solo home run, her league-leading 16th of the season to lead off the inning. Baker who homered 14 times in a 17 game span earlier this season, had not had an extra-base hit in her last 11 games before the opposite field blast. Bohle later added an RBI single to conclude scoring in the game.
Changstrom retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh inning for her first career save. She struck out Pierce to end the game, giving her four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief in game two. Telecky became the first Bluejay pitcher besides Changstrom to pick up a win in MVC play, improving to 3-1 overall with 4.1 innings of scoreless work. The rookie right-hander struck out a career-high six batters in the combined shutout.
Martin, who had two hits in the opener, added two more hits in game two to finish the twin bill 4-for-7. Eight different Bluejays accounted for CU's nine hits in the game two win.
Lindsey Beisser dropped to 3-5 in defeat, despite striking out 10 in the complete game effort for the Sycamores.
The Bluejays and Sycamores will conclude the three-game series as the Jays look for their first three-game MVC sweep of the season on Sunday at 11 am (CST).
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