TEMPE, Ariz. – The Creighton softball team dropped a pair of opening-day contests to San Jose State and No. 7 Arizona State at the Sun Devils’ Farrington Stadium on Thursday.
San Jose State (1-0) used offense to beat CU, scoring five runs in the third inning and four in the seventh frame en route to an 11-2 victory over the Bluejays. No. 7 Arizona State (1-0) used defense to defeat the Jays as All-America pitcher Dallas Escobedo hurled a one-hitter, helping the Sun Devils blank Creighton (0-2) by a 3-0 margin.
Junior Liz Dike led the Bluejays at the plate with a pair of leadoff solo home runs. Senior Blair Lowe also posted two hits on opening day. In the circle, senior Becca Changstrom posted solid numbers against an Arizona State lineup that went to the Women’s College World Series last year.
Senior Brittany Telecky started in the circle for the Bluejays against SJSU.
The Spartans loaded the bases in the top of the first but came up empty on the scoreboard as both teams went scoreless over the first two innings.
San Jose State broke open the game in the top of the third. After a double, pair of singles and a CU error SJSU plated the first run of the game to lead 1-0 with the bases loaded and no outs. Sharon-Rena Estrada then connected on a grand slam to give the Spartans a 5-0 lead.
SJSU added a run in the top of the fourth on an RBI single to make it 6-0.
Creighton countered with its first hit and run of the game as Dike hit a solo home run over the left field wall to cut the SJSU lead to 6-1 after four.
Junior Mac Millspaugh took over in the circle for the Jays in the top of the fifth frame.
After a scoreless fifth inning, San Jose State added a run in the top of the sixth thanks to an RBI double to put the Spartans ahead 7-1.
The Bluejays countered again with another solo homer off the bat of Dike to make it 7-2 after six.
The Spartans secured the game with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to attain the 11-2 victory over CU in the season opener for both squads.
Telecky took the loss for Creighton to drop to 0-1.
In game two, No. 7 Arizona State hosted Creighton in its season opener.
Senior Becca Changstrom started in the circle for the Jays against All-America selection Dallas Escobedo for ASU.
After a scoreless first inning, Creighton’s best scoring chance came in the top of the second when junior Bri Lingl blasted a ball to the top of the wall in center field but ASU’s Alix Johnson made a leaping catch to record the out.
In the bottom of the second, Arizona State opened the scoring after hitting three consecutive singles to open the frame that led to a 2-0 Sun Devil advantage after two.
ASU scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning after a CU error to make it 3-0.
Neither team scored the rest of the way as Changstrom and Escobedo combined for 19 strikeouts in the game.
Creighton senior Alexis Cantu broke up Escobedo’s no-hit bid with a bloop single to left field with one out in the bottom of the seventh. It marked the lone hit of the contest for CU.
The Jays continue play at the Kajikawa Classic on Friday morning against Western Michigan at 11 a.m. CT. Following the completion of that game, Creighton will battle Boise State.