OMAHA, Neb. - Freshmen Brittanee Grove and Ellen Homan each collected their first career home run and sophomore Amy Baker crushed the 30th of her career as the Creighton softball team cruised to a 9-1 run-rule victory over North Dakota Tuesday afternoon at the Creighton Sports Complex. The win gave the Bluejays a doubleheader sweep of the Fighting Sioux, following a 6-3 win in the opener. The victory also moved the Bluejays above .500 for the first time in over a month, with an 18-17 record heading into their in-state rivalry game against 12th-ranked Nebraska on Wednesday.
The Bluejays plated three runs in a wild first inning. Homan and Baker started the game with back-to-back singles and both moved into scoring position on a double steal. Homan scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch and Baker moved to third. Christa Ruf then grounded to first, where D Jantzer gloved the ball and looked to keep Baker at third while walking forward to apply the tag on Ruf. When Jantzer tagged Ruf the ball came lose, allowing Ruf to reach base and Baker to score on the error. Ruf advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third when Emily Perry was thrown out at first to complete a strikeout. Ashley Frutos then dropped down a bunt, scoring Ruf with the third run of the frame.
North Dakota (10-26) scored its only run of the game on a solo home run from Caralyn Chewning in the top of the third inning.
Creighton added three runs in the third inning when Grove lifted a high fly ball to left field which carried over the fence for a three-run home run, her first collegiate round tripper.
The Jays weren't done with the long ball as Homan, a slapper, smashed a ball over the left center field fence for a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Her first career blast proved to be the last pitch thrown by UND starter Michelle Frank.
Baker then welcomed reliever Abby Jo Tometich with her second home run of the doubleheader and her fifth home run in five home games this season, capping the scoring. Baker's home run gives her a league-leading 15, with 14 coming in her last 17 games. With 16 games still remaining in the regular-season, Baker has already equalled her home run total of a year ago and had become the only player in school history to have two seasons with at least 14 home runs.
Sammy Snygg loaded the bases in the top of the fifth inning, but got out of the jam to keep UND off the board and end the game early due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Snygg (1-6) picked up her first win of the season and her first since Feb. 13 of last year, tossing all five innings. The sophomore right-hander allowed four hits and one earned run, walking two and striking out four.
Frank (5-8) took the loss for UND, allowing six earned runs and seven hits in three-plus innings.
Homan went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored one game after having her eight-game hitting streak snapped. Baker also finished game two 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Grove entered the game with one RBI in her first 21 games, before collecting three RBI on one swing of the bat in the third inning.
The Bluejays, who have now hit 10 home runs in five home games this season, will host 12th-ranked Nebraska (30-6) on Wednesday. The Huskers took the first game of the series this year, 7-2 on March 30 in Lincoln. First pitch at the CU Sports Complex for the rivalry game is set for 6 pm.
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