Softball Completes Sweep; Trumps Aces 7-0
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton scored seven times in the first inning and Becca Changstrom threw a one-hit shutout as the Bluejay softball team completed a weekend sweep of Evansville with a 7-0 win on Sunday.
Creighton is now 24-19-1 (13-6 MVC), while Evansville fell to 13-31 (4-16 MVC).
After Changstrom retired the Purple Aces in order in the top of the first, Creighton scored all its runs in the bottom of the first against losing pitcher Kendall Kautz (1-6).
Allie Mathewson began CU's offensive barrage with a one-out double and moved to third on a passed ball. After a walk to Alexis Cantu, Mathewson would score on Bri Lingl's single down the left-field line. The Jays loaded the bases when Amy Baker reached on an error by shortstop Niki Rahming. Brittany Lowe singled to right to make it 2-0, scoring pinch-runner MaKenzie Michael, before pinch-hitter Brittnie Kreiser was walked to force home Lingl and make it 3-0.
Pinch-hitter McKenna Setlik doubled down the left-field line to score Lowe and Baker. After a strikeout by Christa Ruf and walk to Ellen Homan, everyone moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch from Kautz. CU's final run came on Mathewson's second hit of the inning that scored Liz Dike.
Neither team would score the rest of the day.
Evansville had two women reach on walks in the second inning and one reach on a one-out error in the fourth frame. In fact, Evansville's lone hit of the game came in the top of the sixth inning, when Tamara Robey's slap deflected off the glove of CU's diving third baseman, Sammy Snygg. Robey would later be thrown out trying to reach third on a ball that got away from CU catcher Lingl.
Changstrom closed out her masterpiece by retiring the Aces in order in the seventh, striking out Victoria Dellorto to end it. Changstrom (14-10) walked just two and struck out six, needing just 115 pitches in the win.
CU's offensive attack was led by two hits each by Mathewson (both in the first inning) and Lowe.
UE's Kautz was pulled after the first inning and was charged with five hits and three walks while allowing seven runs (four earned). She was replaced by Emily Morris, who threw five shutout innings, but it wasn't enough for the visitors.
Creighton hosts Drake on Tuesday at 4 pm at the CU Sports Complex.