Creighton at Illinois State • Saturday/Sunday, April 28-29 • Noon (DH) on Saturday, Noon on Sunday
Marian Kneer Softball Stadium • Normal, Ill.
This Weekend: Creighton plays its final road series of the year when it visits Illinois State in a series with major MVC seeding implications. The Bluejays and Redbirds will meet on Saturday for a doubleheader at Noon, followed by a single game on Sunday at Noon. All games will be played at Marian Kneer Softball Stadium on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.
Midweek Recap: Creighton won a pair of midweek home games, defeating Drake (6-2) on Tuesday and taking down Nebraska (2-1) on Wednesday. Becca Changstrom
had a pair of complete game victories in the circle, while Ellen Homan
had three hits and scored three times in the two games, including her first homer of 2012.
Scouting Creighton (26-19-1, 14-6 MVC): Creighton jumped out to the second-best start in school history this spring, winning its first seven games before playing five games against ranked opponents in an eight-game span ... The Bluejay offense has scored at least 10 runs in a game 10 times this year and its 5.78 runs per game is its highest scoring average in 34 years ... CU leads the MVC with 46 homers, 247 RBI and a .461 slugging percentage ... The Jays rank in the NCAA top-35 in scoring (18th), slugging percentage (31st) and homers per game (29th) ... Junior Amy Baker
is second in the MVC with 44 RBI, third with 32 walks, fourth in on-base percentage (.503) and batting average (.363), and sixth with a .589 slugging percentage. She ranks fourth in MVC history with 40 career home runs and is tied for 13th in MVC history with 123 career RBI ... Freshman Allie Mathewson
is seventh in the MVC with a .353 batting average. She ranks second in the league in hits (54), third in runs (41), fifth in total bases (77) and leads the team and is tied for ninth in the MVC in stolen bases (13) ... Freshman Bri Lingl
is hitting a league-best .439 in MVC play and ranks in the top-five in the MVC in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, RBI, total bases and sacrifice flies in league contests ... Newcomer Alexis Cantu
(.343) leads the MVC with 13 homers and a .750 slugging percentage, while also going 7-4 in 58.2 innings in the circle ... Cantu is hitting .452 with seven homers, 15 RBI, a 1.194 slugging percentage and .605 on-base percentage in the last 12 games ... Sophomore right-hander Becca Changstrom
is 16-10 and leads the team with a 2.29 ERA, 156.0 innings pitched and 150 strikeouts. Changstrom is 11-3 with a 1.05 ERA in her last 14 outings, spanning 93.1 innings, striking out 93 and allowing 67 hits in that span ... The Jays field at a .956 rate and own a 3.40 team ERA with four shutouts.
Scouting Illinois State (29-20, 14-7 MVC): Illinois State is 29-20 this season, including a 14-7 Valley record and a 7-4 mark at home. The Redbirds have won four straight games, including a 9-1 midweek win over Indiana State ... Four women hit .308 or better, a group led by Lizzie Andrews. Andrews is hitting .326 and leads the team with 22 walks ... Jhavon Hamilton is second in the MVC with nine homers and also leads ISU with 29 RBI ... Jordan Birch is the team’s top starting pitcher, owning a 18-12 record with a 1.68 ERA in 179.0 innings of work. Birch leads the MVC with 186 strikeouts and has walked just 30 ... As a team, ISU hits .264 with 29 homers and 35 stolen bases ... The Redbirds field at a .961 clip and own a 2.83 ERA.
Listen Up: Illinois State will be doing a free audio webcast of all three games in the series, with Dustin Hall on the call. Fans can listen at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/isu.portal#
Head Coach: Head coach Brent Vigness
(Central College, 1988) is in his 19th season at Creighton. With a record of 604-422-3 at Creighton, he is the winningest coach in Bluejay athletics history in any sport. Vigness also served as head coach at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., for five years prior to coming to Creighton. His career record in 24 years as a head coach is 752-493-3. The most tenured softball coach in school history has led the Jays to six MVC Tournament titles (1999, 2003-05, 2007, 2010), six regular-season MVC crowns (1998-2000, 2007-09), seven NCAA Tournament appearances (1999, 2003-05, 2007-08, 2010) and was named MVC Coach of the Year in 1998 and guided the MVC Coaching Staffs of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
CU-ISU Series: Illinois State leads the all-time series against Creighton, 33-32-1. The Bluejays are 9-4-1 against the Redbirds since 2007, though ISU took 2-of-3 a year ago in Omaha.
Below is how Creighton has done against veteran Illinois State pitchers Jordan Birch and Megan Warner:
Creighton vs. Birch
Michael 2-6, 2 SO
Baker 4-14, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SH, 5 SO
Homan 2-8, 2 SO
Ruf 2-14, SH, SO
Setlik 0-0, SF, RBI
Snygg 0-1, SO
Changstrom 0-2, SH, 2 SO
Telecky 0-2, 1 SO
Frutos 0-4, BB, 2 SO
Perry 0-5, 3 SO
Creighton vs. Warner
Changstrom 1-1, RBI
Baker 3-5, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
Michael 0-1, SH
Homan 0-2, SO
Ruf 0-4, BB
Down The Stretch They Come: This week’s Creighton-Illinois State series is a pivotal one in terms of the Valley standings, as both teams look to finish in the top-two to secure a bye into the semifinal round in next month’s State Farm MVC Tournament.
Northern Iowa leads the league with an 18-2 record in conference games, but also has a challenging remaining schedule, with games versus Southern Illinois and Illinois State.
Creighton & Southern Illinois are tied for second place with identical 14-6 records, though the Salukis own the tiebreaker with a 2-1 series win in Carbondale earlier this year.
Illinois State is just 1/2 game behind CU and SIU with a 14-7 league mark, but faces the most-difficult remaining schedule with series vs. Creighton and at Northern Iowa coming up.
Team MVC W-L Next 2 Weekends
UNI 18-2 @SIU ILS
CU 14-6 @ILS MSU
SIU 14-6 UNI @BU
ILS 14-7 CU @UNI
DU 11-10 @UE WSU
The 750 Club: Creighton head coach Brent Vigness
won his 750th game as a college coach in last Sunday’s 7-0 win vs. Evansville. He’s now 752-493-4 in 24 years as a head coach. ISU coach Melinda Fischer owns 873 career wins. Both are the winningest coach in their school’s history in any sport.
Wave of Momentum: Creighton enters the weekend fresh off a 2-1 win over Nebraska. Based on past years, a win over Nebraska has usually led to some great things in coming games by Creighton, as seen below since 1999:
2009: Won 5 of next 6 games
2008: Won next 8 games
2008: Won next 4 games
2007: Lost next game in NCAA Tournament
2007: Won 6 of next 7 games
2005: Won next 5 games
2005: Won 18 of next 19 games
2000: Won 4 of next 5 games
Nebraska Natives: Creighton owns 12 Nebraska natives on its 2012 roster, including Lincoln natives Becca Changstrom
and Liz Dike
Five of CU’s six players to start every game are from Nebraska, as is ace pitcher Changstrom.
In addition, assistant coach Abby Johnson
(Omaha), volunteer assistant Renae Sinkler
(Lincoln) and director of operations Megan Reynolds
(Omaha) are also from the state.
High Five: Creighton has won its last five games, and a big part of that has been the production at the very top of their order. Both Ellen Homan
and Allie Mathewson
are hitting .471 in their last five games, each going an identical 8-for-17 in those contests.
Homan has an extra-base hit to open each of CU’s two games this week, including her first round-tripper of the season.
As a squad, Creighton is hitting .299 during this five-game stretch, outscoring foes 21-7 in that time. The CU pitching staff also owns a 1.40 ERA in that same span.
This is the team’s third win streak of five or longer this season. Creighton won its first seven games of the season, and also won six in a row from March 25 - April 1st.
Capturing 600: Brent Vigness
earned his 600th win at Creighton last Saturday in CU’s 4-3 win vs. Evansville. Vigness’ 604 victories are more than any Creighton coach in any sport in school history.
Milestone Wins For Vigness at Creighton
Record Date Milestone
1-0 2/18/94 First win at CU for Vigness
100-100 4/24/97 100th win (at UMKC)
200-168 5/6/00 200th win (vs. Evansville)
300-252 3/12/04 300th win (vs. Holy Cross)
400-305-1 2/17/07 400th win (at C. Arkansas)
500-335-2 4/4/09 500th win (vs. Bradley)
600-412-3 4/21/12 600th win (vs. Evansville)
600, 601, 602, 603, 604: Creighton head coach Brent Vigness
became the fifth coach in MVC history to win 600 games at one school with last Saturday's 4-3 game one win vs. Evansville.
He'll face the only two active coaches ahead of him, Melinda Fischer (873 wins at Illinois State) and Holly Hesse (619 wins at Missouri State) in the next two weekends.
Fischer (394), Vigness (266) and Hesse (250) also rank 1-2-3 in MVC history for league wins.
40/40/40 Club?: Creighton has had two players with 40 RBI in the same season three times (2004, 2007, 2010), but never had three teammates reach that milestone in the same season. That could change this weekend, as Amy Baker
owns 44 RBI, just ahead of newcomers Alexis Cantu
(38) and Bri Lingl
In each 2004, 2007 and 2010, Creighton reached the NCAA Tournament after claiming a Valley Tournament title game victory vs. Southern Illinois.
High Five: There are 11 players in the MVC hitting .340 or better, and five of them regularly occupy the top five spots in the Creighton line-up. Amy Baker
, Bri Lingl
, Allie Mathewson
, Alexis Cantu
and Ellen Homan
are not only hitting for average, but with power as well, as they've combined for 33 home runs, 157 RBI and have also been walked 122 times.
Even better for Bluejay fans, that quintet features one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen.
Chasing Down MVC Records: Alexis Cantu
has been tearing up MVC pitching this year, leading the league with 10 homers and 26 RBI in Valley play this year. Cantu is just the second player in league history with 10 or more homers in conference play, joining Illinois State's Jessie Buker (12 in 2007). Cantu's 26 RBI are tied for fifth-most in MVC history, just seven behind the mark held by UNI's Rachel Gerking in 2009.
From a team perspective, Creighton's 130 runs in Valley play are five shy a school record, and are tied for ninth-most by any team in league history. If Creighton maintains its current pace of 6.5 runs per Valley tilt, it will finish with 169 runs in league play, 10 more than the Valley record of 159 set by Southern Illinois in 2005.
In addition, Creighton owns 28 homers in league play this season. That's one shy of its school-record for an MVC campaign, and seventh in MVC history for one season.
Valley Peak: With six games still to play, Creighton’s offense in MVC action already ranks among the best the program has ever seen. Below is a look of Creighton’s offense in MVC games since the 2000 season, with the best marks in each category in bold.
Year MVC W-L AVG R HR SB
2012 14-6 .313 130 28 19
2011 12-12 .262 77 15 19
2010 18-7 .274 124 29 13
2009 19-6 .241 72 15 15
2008 21-3 .289 104 25 16
2007 19-4-1 .284 109 27 20
2006 10-13 .251 64 14 12
2005 19-8 .256 90 17 34
2004 17-8 .259 96 19 16
2003 14-12 .250 96 26 28
2002 18-7 .317 135 13 20
2001 16-10 .272 109 22 17
2000 11-7 .273 61 6 8
Changstrom Tied For MVC Lead: After going 6-7 in non-conference action, Becca Changstrom
owns a 10-3 record in MVC play this season. Her 10 Valley wins are tied for most in the league along with Jamie Fisher (UNI) and Jordan Birch (ILS).
In her career, Changstrom is 21-7 in MVC action with eight shutouts. Changstrom is 9-1 and has allowed just 10 earned runs in her last 10 Valley starts (1.06 ERA).
The Best Around: Creighton owns 103 wins in MVC play since the start of 2007. That figure is tops in the Valley in that span, just ahead of Illinois State and Southern Illinois.
Most MVC Wins, Since 2007
Illinois State 101-42-1
Southern Illinois 98-35
Northern Iowa 72-69
Wichita State 69-80
Missouri State 63-74
Indiana State 37-103
Strikeout Artist: Becca Changstrom
has moved from eighth to fifth in CU history in career strikeouts during this month.
She owns 325 strikeouts in her career, moving her past current Missouri State head coach and former Bluejay student-athlete Holly Hesse's 308 from 1979-82.
If At First You Don’t Succeed...: One reason for Creighton’s increased offensive attack is the production its getting from its first basemen.
This year’s Bluejay first basemen are hitting a collective .338, with six home runs, five stolen bases and 38 RBI.
By comparison, last year Creighton’s first basemen combined to hit .196 (18-92) with four homers, one stolen base and 11 RBI.
Power Players: Creighton leads the MVC with 46 home runs this year, eight more than the team compiled all of last season. Each of the previous five times the Jays have slugged 40 round-trippers in a season, Creighton has made the NCAA Tournament, as seen below:
Year HR NCAA’s? MVC Titles
2012 46 TBD TBD
2010 66 Yes Tourney
2008 47 Yes Regular-Season
2007 57 Yes Reg.-Season & Tourney
2004 42 Yes Tourney
2003 43 Yes Tourney
Rare Blown Lead: Dating to last year Creighton had won 22 straight games when leading after six innings before squandering a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning on April 15th vs. Northern Iowa.
It was just the third time in the last 10 seasons that CU had lost a game in which it led with two outs in the seventh inning.
Since 2007, Creighton had been 135-3 (.978) when leading heading to the seventh inning, and 224-11 (.953) since 2003 in those situations.
In addition, Creighton had outscored foes 24-1 in the seventh inning this season prior to UNI's three-run outburst on April 15th.
Can’t Miss Kid: Alexis Cantu
had one of the biggest offensive games in MVC history in an April 6 game two win at Wichita State. She went 4-for-4 with three homers and eight RBI in a 14-4 win, while also throwing a complete game. Cantu's three homers are tied for third in NCAA single-game history, while her eight RBI are tied for 19th in NCAA history. In addition, her 13 total bases are tied for seventh in NCAA history. All three figures tied or set MVC single-game records.
Cantu was named MVC Player of the Week on April 9th after hitting .421 in six games last week, adding four homers, seven runs and 11 RBI in her big week.
She also hurled two complete games in the circle, holding teams to a 1.87 ERA and surrendering just eight hits in 15 innings of work.
Cantu has been the winning pitcher in four different games this year in which she’s also homered.
NCAA Stat Leaders: Through April 22nd, Creighton was 18th in runs per game (5.86), 31st in slugging percentage (.459), 29th in homers per game (0.98) and 47th in batting average (.294).
ranks seventh nationally in walks per game (0.89), 16th in on-base percentage (.544), 32nd in homers per game (0.30), 35th in slugging percentage (.765) and 69th in RBI per game (0.86). Amy Baker
ranks 44th in RBI per game (0.95) and is 45th in walks per game (0.70).
is 82nd in strikeouts per seven innings (6.9) and 127th with a 2.37 ERA.
Surpassing 10: Creighton has scored at least 10 runs in a game 10 times already this season. The 2011 team scored 10 runs in a game just once and the Bluejays have already scored 10 or more runs in a game more this season than in the previous three seasons combined.
Creighton’s 15 runs on April 7th at Wichita State matched the program’s highest-scoring 3-game MVC series all last season (at Bradley).
Creighton’s 39 runs in the series vs. Wichita State were its highest scoring series against any MVC opponent since the league went to 3-game series in 2001.
Creighton hadn’t scored 10 runs in consecutive games vs. an MVC foe since April 28, 2007, when it scored 10 runs in two straight games vs. Northern Iowa.
Creighton hadn’t scored 14 or more runs in consecutive games since 1978.
Going, Going, Gone: Creighton hit 10 home runs in a three-game series at Wichita State. The Bluejays hit four homers in both games on April 6th, then hit two more on April 7th.
The April 6th doubleheader marked the first time in program history that CU hit four homers or more in consecutive contests.
Creighton started the series with three homers in the top of the first inning, as Allie Mathewson
, Bri Lingl
and Sammy Snygg
all went yard. It was the second time this season the Jays homered three times in the same frame, having also done so in the second inning vs. Howard on March 4 when Liz Dike
, Mathewson and Amy Baker
High in the Valley: Creighton is 14-6 through 20 MVC games this spring, as the Bluejays are hitting .313 and have scored 130 runs in their first 20 Valley games. By comparison, Creighton scored 77 runs in 24 conference games last year.
• Creighton is slugging at a .515 rate and owns an on-base percentage of .402 in Valley play. Nine different women have homered at least once in league action.
• Two newcomers have helped the Jays lead the way in league play. Freshman Bri Lingl
has reached base safely in 19-of-20 games, while sophomore transfer Alexis Cantu
has reached in CU’s past 19 Valley contests.
Lingl and Cantu have combined for 47 RBI in Creighton’s 20 MVC games, good for 2.35 RBI per game. The duo also own a combined 15 homers in Valley tilts.
Slammin’ Sammy: Junior Sammy Snygg
had the best offensive week of her career at Wichita State on April 6-7, hitting .357 with two homers and five RBI in six games, while also scoring six times last week. She also pitched once, throwing six innings and allowing just two earned runs (2.33 ERA).
Snygg began that week just 8-for-85 (.094) in 100 career games with one homer and two RBI. In her big series, she nearly doubled these totals, going 5-for-11 at the plate. She homered twice in game one of Friday's doubleheader. Then in the third game, Snygg went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs and three RBI, in addition to her first career stolen base.
Snygg, who owns a 3.77 GPA in Exercise Science, was named MVC/Prairie Farms Scholar-Athlete of the Week on April 11th.
Inside Job: Lincoln native Liz Dike
is second among all MVC freshmen with six home runs this season, with four coming in Valley play.
Dike homered in each of the last two games of the Wichita State series. Her round-tripper on Saturday was an inside-the-park job, her second of the year. Dike also hit an inside-the-park homer on Feb. 19th at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Dike, who enrolled at Creighton in January and should still be a high school senior, has started all 46 games at shortstop this season for the Jays. She’s on pace to be the first Bluejay infielder since 2009 to start every game at the same position.
In A Pinch: Sophomore Brittnie Kreiser
has developed into one of the most dangerous pinch-hitters in the country of late. She’s been called on to pinch-hit 20 times this year, and has reached base safely eight times. Kreiser owns 11 RBI as a pinch-hitter this year.
Kreiser owns an RBI in six of her last 12 pinch-hit appearances, going 4-for-10 with a sacrifice fly and nine RBI off the bench.
Kreiser and Blair Lowe
are tied for second in the MVC with five pinch-hits this season.
By comparison, Creighton owned 11 pinch-hit RBI as a team last year, including two from Kreiser.
Below is a list of Creighton’s players in pinch-hitting situations this season:
.385, 5-13, 2B, 3 RBI
.313, 5-16, 1 HR, 11 RBI
.250, 3-12, 3 runs, 4 RBI, 2B
---, 0-0, HBP, RBI
---, 0-0, HBP
Happy Homecoming: Creighton played its first 25 games on the road this year before opening its home schedule with a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State on March 28th.
The Jays won 4-1 and 15-1, with the 15-run outburst serving as the highest scoring home game for the Bluejays since opening the 2000 season by scoring a school-record 20 runs against College of Saint Mary (Neb.). It was the third straight season CU swept its home-opening doubleheader.
Can’t Keep Her Off Base: Sophomore Alexis Cantu
has reached base safely in each of Creighton’s last 26 games. Since 1999, the Jays have had just one streak that long, as current volunteer assistant coach Renae Sinkler
also reached in 26 straight in 2008.
Changstrom Heats Up: Sophomore pitcher Becca Changstrom
has regained the form she displayed as a freshman, when she was a second-team all-MVC selection. In her last 14 appearances, Changstrom has allowed just 14 earned runs in 93.1 innings of work, good for a 1.05 ERA. She’s 11-3 in those appearances, striking out 93 and allowing just 67 hits.
Baker’s Dozens: Junior Amy Baker
owns 44 RBI so far this season, making her just the third player in Creighton history with multiple seasons of 40 or more RBI.
The only others in that elite category are two of her assistant coaches, Abby Johnson
and Renae Sinkler
Baker ranks third in CU history with 123 RBI. That figure is tied for 13th in MVC career history, as well.
Baker’s Climb: Junior Amy Baker
is second in the MVC with 44 RBI in 46 games this spring (after leading the team with 33 RBI in 53 games last year).
With seven home runs this year, she now has 40 homers in her career, trailing only current volunteer assistant coach Renae Sinkler
’s school record 50 home runs.
Baker is tied for 13th in MVC history with 123 career RBI, and is within reach to set the MVC career record of 157 RBI, currently held by Illinois State’s Heather Stella (1996-99).
Offensive Explosion: Creighton is 15-6-1 in its last 22 games thanks to a balanced offensive effort. Ten different women have homered in those 22 games, with seven of them owning multiple homers.
As a team, Creighton owns 29 homers and 126 runs in the last 22 games, hitting .290, slugging .469 and an on-base percentage of .395. Creighton has also stolen 21-of-22 bases successfully in those games.
Sophomore Amy Baker
has hit .407 with four homers and 16 RBI in that time, while Alexis Cantu
is hitting .404 with eight homers and 20 RBI, in addition to 18 walks. Cantu’s slugging at a .877 clip and has an on-base percentage of .570 in those 22 games.
Cantu Crushes Record: Sophomore Alexis Cantu
hit a tape-measure shot home run against South Dakota (March 28) for her sixth home run of the year. In crushing the towering deep fly, she set a Creighton record for home runs hit by a left-handed batter in a single-season, topping the five hit by Jessica German in 2007. Cantu leads the MVC with 13 homers this season.
Cheaper By The Dozen: Creighton has twice scored 10 or more runs in an inning this season, including a high of 12 runs in the third inning on March 31st vs. Indiana State. The 12-run inning is tied for 19th in NCAA history for runs scored in an inning. Creighton’s 17-run inning vs. College of Saint Mary’s (Neb.) on Feb. 9, 2000, is the school record, and was also done in the third inning.
Offensive Bounce Back: The Bluejays are hitting .293 as a team, a mark that would rank fifth in school history if the season ended today, and is the highest mark by a Creighton team since the 1995 team hit .298.
CU scored 184 runs in 53 games in 2011, an average of 3.5 per game. This year the Bluejays have already scored 266 runs in 46 games, an average of 5.8 runs per game (third-highest average in school history).
CU’s slugging percentage of .461 is up 93 points from last year’s .368. Creighton’s on-base percentage of .389 currently ranks as third-best in school history, just behind the 1990’s team-record .398 on-base percentage.
Walk this Way: Sophomore Alexis Cantu
leads the MVC with 13 home runs, and also is second in the MVC and ranks seventh in the NCAA with 40 walks this season. Cantu has walked (40) more this year than she has struck out (35) and has tied Michelle Graner’s single-season walks record of 40, set in 2010.
• Junior Amy Baker
ranks second on the team with 32 walks, compared to only 20 strikeouts. Baker, a junior, has already walked 75 times in her career, fifth-most in CU history.
Doubling Up: Last year Creighton managed to hit only 25 doubles in 53 games, its lowest total since 1992. This season the Bluejays have already smacked 51 doubles in 46 games. Junior Amy Baker
leads the team with seven two-baggers after she hit just one double as a sophomore – in the 52nd of 53 games.
Tripling Up: Not only are doubles up for Creighton this year, but triples are also up. The Bluejays have eight triples this year, more than in any of its previous three full seasons. Senior outfielder Christa Ruf
and freshman shortstop Liz Dike
each have two triples to lead the Bluejays this year.
Hot Start: Creighton jumped out to a 7-0 start this season for its best start to a season since 1987. The 1987 team opened the year with 10 straight wins to set a school record, while the seven straight wins to open the year marked the best start to a season under head coach Brent Vigness
. The Bluejays opened the year with an 18-0 win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, setting a CU record for the largest victory margin in a game.
Record-Tying Game: In one of Creighton’s high-scoring games this season, the Bluejays tied a school record. The Jays topped Howard 19-4 on March 4 in Tempe, Ariz., tying the school record with 22 hits in the lopsided win. The 19 runs rank second in school history, just one shy of the 20 runs scored against the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) on Feb. 9, 2000.
No Tying in Softball?: Creighton played to just the third tie in program history when its April 3rd game at South Dakota State was halted after nine innings due to darkness with the score knotted at 1-1. Creighton’s previous ties came in 2004 at Kansas (darkness) and in 2007 vs. Illinois State (rain after five innings). Creighton would go on to win the MVC Tournament in both 2004 and 2007.
Call From The Hall: Creighton great Jody Schwartz Longballa was inducted into Creighton’s Athletic Hall of Fame on April 9th.
Playing under her maiden name Jody Schwartz, she was named a first-team All-American as a senior in 1988, when she hit .340 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBI to go with a .989 fielding percentage. She was also 10-5 in the circle with a 1.14 ERA and 12 complete games in 17 starts.
She twice led the team in home runs and slugging percentage, and led the team in total bases three times. She finished her years at Creighton as the Bluejays’ career leader with 36 doubles, 113 RBI and 78 walks in a school-record 222 games played, all of which still rank in the Bluejay top-10.
Creighton went 151-71 in her four seasons, including a fifth-place finish in the 1986 Women’s College World Series, and the 1988 squad began a run of three straight trips to the NCAA Regionals.