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Becca Changstrom
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Ruf, Changstrom Lead Jays Past USD in Home Opener, 4-1

OMAHA, Neb. -- Christa Ruf and Allie Mathewson both went 3-for-3 with a homer, and Becca Changstrom struck out a season-high 11 batters to lead Creighton Softball to a 4-1 win over South Dakota in Wednesday home opener CU Sports Complex.

The game was the first played at the newly-renovated CU Sports Complex, which received new turf, scoreboard and outfield padding in the off-season.

Creighton (13-13) fell behind 1-0 in the second inning on a home run by South Dakota sophomore shortstop Christine Broders.

Creighton tied the game in the fourth inning on Ellen Homan's RBI single up the middle, which scored Sammy Snygg.

The Jays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth frame against eventual losing pitcher Erica Denney (4-12). Mathewson doubled and moved to third on a groundout. After consecutive walks, Mathewson raced home on Denney's third wild pitch of the season with the go-ahead run.

The Jays added some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Ruf and Mathewson both hit solo homers to chase Denney.  Mathewson extended her team-leading hitting streak to seven games and Ruf raised her average to .300 on the season as she is now 10-for-19 in her last seven games.

Changstrom, who recorded six of her season-high 11 in the first two innings, took care of the rest. The sophomore evened her record at 7-7 with her sixth complete game of the spring, allowing just three hits and two walks.

Changstrom picked the perfect occasion for her season-high K total, as the Jays donned pink jerseys and socks in its annual "Strikeout Cancer" game in which fans are encouraged to donate money to the American Cancer Society on a per strikeout basis.

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