SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Creighton split a softball doubleheader Sunday, defeating Missouri State 3-1 in the opener before falling 10-5.
In game one, Becca Changstrom (20-7) earned the complete-game win, striking out nine. Creighton tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning, then used a hit batsman, bunt single, sacrifice bunt and two fielder’s choice plays to go ahead 3-1. Changstrom retired the Bears in order in the seventh to secure the win.
Creighton jumped to an early lead in the second game. Liz Dike led off the first with a single and moved to second on Blair Lowe’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Blake Ringle delivered her seventh home run of the season to give Creighton a 2-0 lead.
Three Bluejay errors in the bottom of the first helped Missouri State get right back into the contest. A one-out single, an error and a fielder’s choice allowed the Bears to score an unearned run, and Lauren Eisenreich drove in two more runs with a single.
Poor defense plagued Creighton throughout the day. The Jays committed seven errors, including six in the second game. Missouri State took advantage, scoring three runs in three different innings of game two.
Junior Alexis Cantu (6-6) took the loss for Creighton. Chelsea Jones pitched 5 innings of relief to earn the win for Missouri State.
The Bluejays head into the final week of Missouri Valley play atop the conference standings, leading Illinois State by 1½ games and Drake by 2. Creighton travels to Des Moines Tuesday to face the Bulldogs in a doubleheader, beginning at 4 p.m.
Creighton..........................000 001 2—3 4 1
at Missouri State .............100 000 0—1 3 1
W: Changstrom, 20-7. L: Jones, 11-18.
Creighton (27-14, 13-4).......................211 010 0—5 9 6
at MSU (19-27, 10-11)........................313 030 x—10 10 0
W: Jones, 12-18. L: Cantu, 6-6. HR: MS, Ringle (7).