TEMPE, Ariz. - The Creighton softball suffered a 4-3 defeat
to Stephen F. Austin in its final game of Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona
Three Bluejays connected on a pair of hits including junior Blair Lowe,
senior Amy Baker and freshman Kelsey Allender. Junior Alexis Cantu drilled her
first home run of the season for the Jays in the game.
Creighton (2-3) totaled nine hits against Stephen F. Austin (2-2), but only
brought three runs across the plate. Both
teams left nine runners on base in the game.
Junior Becca Changstrom started in the circle for Creighton against Carlie
Thomas of SFA.
After a scoreless first inning, SFA opened the scoring in the bottom of the
second. Two hit batters put runners on first and second for the Ladyjacks with
one out. A Bluejay error on a fielder's choice play loaded the bases before
back-to-back singles scored a single run each to put SFA out front 2-0. Stephen
F. Austin left the bases loaded after Changstrom rung up a strikeout and an
infield popup to get CU out of the inning.
The Ladyjacks added another run in the bottom of the third. After a leadoff
double, Changstrom notched a pair of K's but an errant CU throw allowed a run
to score to make it 3-0 SFA.
Creighton fought back with two runs in the top of the fourth. Cantu opened
the frame with a bomb over the fence in left center to cut the lead to 3-1.
Senior Sammy Snygg followed with a single and junior MaKenzie Michael reached
on an SFA error to put two runners in scoring position. A single off the bat of
Allender scored Snygg to make it a 3-2 Stephen F. Austin lead.
The Bluejays knotted the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning. A
one-out double by Lowe started the rally. A double from Amy Baker drove in Lowe
to tie the game. The Jays threatened with two runners in scoring position but
Thomas struck out two Jays to end the inning.
SFA took the lead again in the bottom of the sixth after a two-out solo home
run to put the Ladyjacks ahead 4-3.
Baker singled to start the seventh, but the Bluejays could not bring the
tying run across the plate.
Changstrom took the loss to fall to 1-2 while Thomas earned the win to
improve to 2-0 for SFA.
Creighton has a full week off from competition before traveling to Conway,
Ark., to take part in the Central Arkansas Tournament Feb. 22-24.