CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Creighton softball team split a pair of games on a windy and sun-filled Sunday at Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Illinois. Creighton earned a 2-1 victory over Southern Illinois following a 4-2 loss to Evansville.
Creighton finished its weekend stay in Carbondale with a 2-2 record and moved its overall record to 6-7.
The Bluejays pitching staff allowed only one earned run during 14.0 innings of work on Sunday. Creighton’s victory against SIU snapped the Salukies nine game winning streak.
After three scoreless innings between the Creighton and Southern Illinois, the Bluejays gained a 2-0 lead during the top of the fourth with three consecutive hits.
Sam Alm singled into center field and Finan tallied a base hit after a pop up landed about 15 feet from home plate between a pair of Southern Illinois fielders. Nikki McNeil delivered on the first pitch of her at bat with a single down the left-field line that hit off the third baseman’s glove and bounced into shallow left field, allowing both Alm and Finan to score.
The Salukis responded with a double, stolen base and sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to a single run.
Kiele Miller wiggled out of danger by stranding a total of six Southern Illinois runners during the first three innings, including the bases loaded in the third.
Miller pitched 4.0 innings and struck out four while allowing two hits and one earned run and recording the victory.
Laura Roecker came on in relief of Miller and faced the minimum during three innings of relief to record her first save as a Bluejay.
Roecker did not allow a hit or run during two relief appearances (5.0 innings) in Carbondale.
Logan Black struck out a career-high 13 batters and did not allow an earned run during a complete-game effort against Evansville.
Black’s 13 strikeouts were the most by an individual Creighton pitcher since Micaela Whitneyrecorded 15 against Butler (April 24, 2016).
The Purple Aces jumped out to an early 1-0 edge during the top of the first inning with a double, walk and error.
Evansville added to its lead with an unearned run in the second frame. Black also recorded all three outs via the strikeout during the second.
The sophomore right-hander matched her previous career-high strikeout total with her sixth for the second out of the third inning.
Creighton strung together three hits to plate a pair of runs to tie the game during the bottom of the third inning.
Ashley Cantu led off the inning with an infield single to third and consecutive fielder’s choice ground outs put Finan at first base with two outs. Kiara Mills drove in Finan with a triple to deep right field. On the play, Finan dove over the Evansville catcher, landed face first and touched home plate for the Bluejays’ first run. Two batters later, Jayci Foster sent a single through the right side to send home Mills from third and knot the game at 2-2.
Evansville regained the lead in the fifth with a single, sacrifice bunt and error.
The Bluejays left one on base during the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before the Purple Aces added to the final margin by scoring on a throwing error during the top of the seventh.
Creighton left a total of nine runners on base against Evansville.
Mills led the offense against the Purple Aces by going 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI.
The Bluejays were scheduled to open their home schedule on Saturday and Sunday against Lamar at the Creighton Sports Complex, but because of poor field conditions and forecasted cold temperatures, the three games against the Cardinals are canceled.