ST. LOUIS - Creighton
softball players Amy Baker and Becca Changstrom swept Missouri Valley
Conference (MVC) weekly honors after record-setting performances to help lift
Creighton to a 5-2 record last week, the conference office announced Monday
The weekly awards push the Bluejays' total to four this
season. Creighton players also won a total four weekly honors in 2012.
Baker claimed MVC Player of the Week honors while Changstrom
earned MVC Pitcher of the Week accolades. Baker's award is her first of the
season and seventh of her career after capturing a pair of weekly honors in
each of the past three seasons.
The Omaha native capped off a record-setting week by
blasting career home run No. 52 to spark a come-from-behind victory at
Evansville Saturday and tie the MVC career home run record.
Earlier in the week Baker set Creighton career marks in home
runs (52) and runs batted in (151). One of those home runs was a walk-off grand
slam against Youngstown State on March 12 to secure a 6-2 Bluejay victory in
Her career RBI total is currently six shy of the all-time
MVC record of 157 that has stood for over 13 seasons. Baker helped CU win its
MVC opening series and post a 5-2 record last week while starting each contest.
Baker hit .429 in those games with eight extra-base hits
including five home runs, 10 RBI and an amazing slugging percentage of 1.286. The senior
leads the Valley in home runs (11), RBI (26), total bases (71) and slugging
percentage (.959). She ranks second in the league in batting average (.419),
hits (31) and on-base percentage (.494).
Changstrom earned recognition from the Valley for the third
time in four weeks this season. It marks the fifth career MVC Pitcher of the
Week accolade for Changstrom. She also earned the award last week with her
performance at the Rebel Spring Games and three weeks ago after her showing in
the circle at the Central Arkansas Tournament. Previously Changstrom won a
single conference weekly honor in each of the past two seasons.
The award also marks the fourth straight week that the
Valley recognized Changstrom. Two weeks ago she claimed MVC Scholar-Athlete of
the Week accolades after a solid weekend at the UT Arlington Maverick
Changstrom notched an astonishing 47 strikeouts in five
appearances over 30.2 innings of work to register a 4-1 record for Creighton last
In four starts Changstrom hurled four complete games,
including a pair of shutouts, leading to a 0.68 ERA. She also came on in relief
against Youngstown State to secure an extra-inning win allowing no hits and one
walk over two-plus innings while striking out three.
The Lincoln, Neb., native matched her career high of 13 K's
on Friday night in a conference-opening win at Evansville. She struck out 10
more Purple Aces in the series finale on Saturday.
This season Changstrom has notched 10 K's or more on six
different occasions including each of her last three outings. The rest of the
league owns just four games total with 10 or more strikeouts. No other MVC pitcher
can claim more than one such effort in 2013.
For the week, Changstrom allowed only three earned runs and
gave up seven walks while holding opposing batters to a .148 average at the
plate. The junior leads the Valley in ERA (1.37), strikeouts (125), opposing batting
average (.180) and wins (11).
Creighton (16-9) is set to host its first series of the
season against defending MVC champion Illinois
State (13-12) this weekend.
The Bluejays and Redbirds are scheduled to play a doubleheader
Saturday beginning at noon CT at the CU Sports Complex. The teams will conclude
the series with a single game Sunday slated for noon at the Complex.