EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Creighton softball team defeated Evansville 6-4
to win its conference-opening series at the Purple Aces’ Cooper Stadium
(16-9, 2-1 MVC) fell behind 3-0 early to Evansville (7-13, 1-2 MVC) but a
three-run homer by Amy Baker evened the game before the Bluejays took control
of the game in the sixth inning. Junior Blair Lowe led the CU offense going
3-for-3 at the plate with a trio of singles.
run by Baker increased her career total to 52 and matched the all-time Missouri
Valley Conference record set by Illinois State’s Abby Olson in 2011. Baker owns
11 home runs this season to lead the conference.
extended her new career RBI Creighton record as well, moving to 151. With three
RBI on Saturday, Baker moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time
MVC RBI career list just six shy of the record of 157 held by Illinois State’s
Heather Stella since 1999.
Becca Changstrom started in the circle for the Bluejays. She earned her second
complete-game win of the weekend allowing just five hits and no earned runs while
striking out 10 UE batters.
Evansville started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. A pair of
singles put two runners on before the Bluejays posted two outs but a Creighton
error allowed a UE run to score and started a two-out rally by the Aces. A
two-RBI single scored another pair of UE runs before Changstrom recorded a
strikeout to get out of the inning.
Neither team scored in the second frame before Creighton tied the contest at
3-3 in the third.
Junior Ellen Homan ignited a CU two-out rally with a bunt single. Dike
followed with a single up the middle before Baker’s record-tying three-run
homer to tie the score.
Creighton took the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning. With one
out, junior Cantu reached base after being hit by a pitch. Freshman Cassie
Sharon came into the game as a pinch runner. Lowe followed with a single down
the left field line. Sophomore Bri Lingl reached on a UE error allowing a run
to score to give CU a 4-3 lead.
Lowe scored shortly thereafter on a groundout from freshman Kelsey Allender
to make it 5-3. Another UE error allowed Lingl to score and increase the
Bluejay lead to 6-3 before Evansville recorded a final out.
Evansville got one back in the bottom of the frame. A single and Creighton error
put runners in scoring position with no outs. A UE run scored on a CU miscue on
a throw from home plate to third base to yield the final result.
Changstrom improved to 11-4 on the season with the win.
Creighton steps out of conference play to travel to South Dakota for a