QUEENS, N.Y. – The Creighton softball team dropped a BIG EAST doubleheader to St. John’s at Red Storm Field by scores of 3-2 and 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Creighton (25-21, 6-10 BIG EAST) out-hit the Red Storm by a 12-11 margin in the twin bill but could not equal the run total put together by St. John’s (24-21, 9-7 BIG EAST) at home. Junior Liz Dike led Creighton with three hits on the day as seven Bluejays connected on a hit.
CU led 2-0 in the fourth frame of game one before SJU stormed back with a run in the fifth and a pair of scores in the sixth to secure the 3-2 win. In game two, St. John’s scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning to yield a 2-0 victory.
CU senior Becca Changstrom opened in the circle in game one for the Bluejays.
Changstrom registered six strikeouts of Red Storm batters through the first three innings, including two K’s with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third to keep St. John’s off the scoreboard.
With two outs, freshman Allie Reinhart reached on a St. John’s error to load the bases. Junior Bri Lingl then ripped a grounder that the SJU shortstop could not handle causing another Red Storm error and scoring Allender and Dike to build a 2-0 Creighton lead.
After coming up empty in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, SJU tried to cut into the CU lead in the bottom of the fourth but a throw from senior Ellen Homan to Lingl for a tag at home plate ended the inning keeping the Jays’ lead intact.
St. John’s cut the CU lead in half with a two-out solo home run to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
The Red Storm took the lead at 3-2 on a single, RBI double and an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and held CU off the board in the top of the next inning to secure the one-run decision.
Changstrom falls to 14-12 on the season with the loss. She allowed three runs on eight hits while dealing nine strikeouts.
CU senior Alexis Cantu got the pitching start in game two.
The only scoring of the second game came in the St. John’s half of the fourth inning. After a walk to open the frame, a single and two-RBI double helped the Red Storm plate a pair of runs.
Cantu dropped to 5-7 with the setback. She allowed just three hits and struck out four Red Storm batters.
The Bluejays end the three-game set against St. John’s with a single contest slated for 10 a.m. CT Sunday at Red Storm Field.