CONWAY, Ark. — Creighton settled for a split on Friday’s opening day of the Central Arkansas Invitational, knocking off Ball State 7-1 before dropping a 13-2 contest in five innings to the host Bears.
Senior Amy Baker led the Bluejays (3-4), going 4 for 6 on the day with a pair of home runs and a double that led to a team-high four RBIs.
Junior Becca Changstrom (2-2) picked up the win in the opener, scattering seven hits while striking out eight in the complete game. She got more than enough offense as Creighton scored three runs — all with two outs — in the fourth inning. The Bluejays tacked on four runs in the seventh.
In the nightcap, Creighton fell behind 4-0 after the first inning. Baker got the Bluejays on the board in the third with an RBI double to make it 4-1. But Central Arkansas answered with two runs in the bottom of the third and a seven-run fourth.
Baker hit a solo homer in the fifth for the final margin.
Creighton (3-4) continues tournament play Saturday, facing Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 11 a.m.
Creighton ................. 000 300 4—7 8 1
Ball State (3-2) ................. 000 010 0—1 7 2
W: Changstrom, 2-2. L: Steinbach, 2-1. 2B: BS, Gilbert (2). HR: CU, Baker (3). BS, Gilbert (4).
Creighton (3-4) ................. 001 01—2 5 3
At Central Arkansas (6-5) ................. 402 7x—13 10 0
W: Armstrong, 4-4. L: Telecky, 1-2. 2B: CU, Baker (3). CA Mela Bryant (3), Boswell 2 (2), Dear (1). HR: CU, Baker (4). CA, Bigej (2).