OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton softball team fell, 8-0, to Butler in five innings on Saturday at the Creighton Sports Complex.
The Bluejays dropped their BIG EAST record to 5-10 and moved to 17-19 overall, while the Bulldogs improved to 3-8 during league play and 15-27 overall.
All eight of Butler’s runs were unearned and scored with two outs in an inning.
The Bulldogs scored three in the first inning on a two-out three-run homer and added five more in the second with a RBI double, wild pitch, bases-loaded walk and two-RBI single.
Ashley Cantu led off Creighton’s half of the first with a single to left-center and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt. Jayci Foster laid a bunt down the first-base line to move Cantu to second, but Cantu continued towards third and slid past a tag by the Butler catcher who was late to cover the base. However, the junior lead-off hitter ended the inning stranded at third base following a shallow fly out and strikeout.
Laura Roecker struck out the first batter she faced during the top of the second and induced back-to-back ground outs but the Bluejays were unable to record an out on either play. Roecker forced a pop out for the second out of the inning before a RBI double extended Butler’s lead to 4-0. The Bulldogs added four more runs in the second inning to double their edge to eight runs.
Creighton put runners on base during the second and third inning but did not advance a runner past second base.
Cantu’s lead-off single in the bottom of the first proved to be the Bluejays’ only hit as Butler’s Alyssa Graves pitched a one-hit shutout, while striking out seven and walking one.
The Bluejays claimed the weekend series with a doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs on Friday.
Creighton returns to action on Tuesday for a doubleheader in Brookings, South Dakota against South Dakota State. First pitch for the first game between the Bluejays and Jackrabbits is scheduled for 2 p.m.