Softball Plays Three Game Series at UNI This Weekend

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CU hasn't lost in Cedar Falls since 2001.
Courtesy: Eric Francis
Creighton at Northern Iowa
Friday, April 22 • Cedar Falls, Iowa • 12 pm • Doubleheader
Saturday, April 23 • Cedar Falls, Iowa • 12 pm

This Week:  Creighton concluded its longest home stand of the season with a doubleheader against Drake on Wednesday.  The Bulldogs swept the Bluejays, winning 5-0 and 5-3.  The Jays now travel to Cedar Falls to play a three-game MVC series with Northern Iowa on Friday and Saturday.  CU and UNI will play two games on Friday at noon, followed by a Saturday contest at noon.  Follow live stats for all three games here.

Last Week:  The Bluejays opened the week with a doubleheader sweep of North Dakota, before it lost four straight.  The Jays defeated UND, 6-3 and 9-1, connecting for four home runs in the twin bill, including three homers in the run-rule game-two victory.  No. 12 Nebraska then run-ruled the Bluejays for the first time since 1997, winning 10-2 on Wednesday night.  The losing streak continued, as CU blew the lead in 3-2 and 6-5 losses to Wichita State on Saturday, before suffering a 14-1 loss to the Shockers on Sunday.

Scouting Creighton (18-23, 6-8 MVC): Creighton, which has appeared in six of the last eight NCAA Tournaments and is the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion, has been picked to finish sixth in this year’s MVC race ... The Bluejays return just three starters from last year’s 37-23 team, while they have 11 freshmen and 10 returners on the roster ... Creighton is on a six-game losing streak, during which it has been out-scored 43-13 ... The Bluejays won four of their first five home games this year, before the six-game skid ... CU connected for 10 home runs in its first five home games this spring, but has none in its last six games in Omaha ... The Jays are hitting .277 at home this year, but have posted a 5.27 ERA in home games ... Catcher Amy Baker hit 14 of her league-leading 15 home runs in a 17-game span from March 11 through April 12, but has not had an extra-base hit in CU’s last six games ... Baker already ranks fourth in school history with 30 career home runs ... Junior Christa Ruf is tied with Baker for the team-lead with 28 RBI and second on the team with eight home runs, after she entered the season with one home run and 14 RBI in 86 career games ... Freshmen Ellen Homan has nine multi-hit games in her last 16 contests and leads the team with 42 hits, 22 runs and a .339 average ... CU ranks second in the MVC with a .963 fielding percentage ... Freshman Becca Changstrom – who recently missed six games due to injury – has emerged as the staff ace, leading the MVC with an opponents average of just .169, while she tops the team with a 12-8 record, 122.2 innings pitched and 117 strikeouts.

Scouting UNI (24-21, 8-8 MVC): UNI is 8-2 at home this season, but are just 2-6 in their last eight games overall ... The Panthers lead the MVC with 62 doubles, are second in the league with 322 base hits and third with 38 home runs ... UNI pitchers rank second in the MVC with a 2.83 ERA, including a 2.47 ERA inside league play ... Mackenzie Daigh leads the team with a .342 average and 27 runs scored and she is one of five Panthers with at least 21 RBI ... Eranne Daugharthy leads the team with 27 RBI and Courtney Dunker tops the team with eight home runs ... Rachel Gerking (.301) leads the team with 44 hits and 12 doubles, while Hannah Borschel (.321) also adds 12 doubles ... Freshman Jamie Fisher has established herself as the staff ace, with a 15-8 record and 2.17 ERA ... She has 151 strikeouts in 135.2 innings ... Jaye Hutcheson is 5-12 with a 3.17 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched, splitting time with Fisher in the circle.

CU-UNI Series: Creighton leads the all-time series with UNI 48-14.  The Bluejays won 12 straight meetings with the Panthers before losing 5-3 to UNI in a non-conference meeting on March 5 in Arizona.  CU has not lost an MVC game to the Panthers since April 2, 2006, dropping an 8-6 decision in Omaha.  The Jays have won their last nine games against UNI played in Cedar Falls, dating back to a 3-0 loss on April 9, 2001.  The Jays swept three-game series from UNI in Cedar Falls in 2003, 2005 and 2007.  In 2009, the teams played a doubleheader in Des Moines to make up part of the series which was postponed in Cedar Falls earlier in the season.

Head Coach: Head coach Brent Vigness (Central College, 1988) is in his 18th season at Creighton.  With a record of 571-398-2 at Creighton, he is the winningest coach in Bluejay athletics history.  Vigness also served as head coach at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., for five years prior to coming to Creighton.  His career record in 23 years as a head coach is 719-469-3.  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 Staff of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
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