INDIANAPOLIS — Despite a solid pitching performance, the Creighton softball team left 12 runners on bases and fell 2-0 to Butler on Sunday afternoon.
The Bluejays dropped to 16-12 (4-2 BIG EAST), while the Bulldogs moved to 12-19 (3-3 BIG EAST).
Creighton won the overall series after sweeping a doubleheader against Butler on Saturday.
Bluejay starting pitcher Kiele Miller allowed two hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out one during 4.1 innings of work and ended the game as the hard-luck loser, while Bryana Clark pitched 1.2 innings of relief, did not allow a hit, walked one and recorded one strikeout.
At the plate, Creighton recorded four hits, walked six times and had one player hit by a pitch, but the Bluejays left two or more runners on base during five different innings on Sunday.
Butler scored the lone two runs of the game during the bottom of the fourth frame. Kaitlin Doud drove in both runs with a double down the left-field line.
Doud also recorded the victory in the circle as she pitched the final 4.2 innings while allowing three hits and walking one.
The Bluejays put early pressure on the Butler pitching as Ashley Cantu led off the game with a walk. Mileah McKelvy reached after being hit by the pitch, and Hope Moreno walked to load the bases, but a fielder’s choice ended the inning.
After a perfect bottom of the first by Miller, the Jays put two on with two outs during the top of the second inning before a ground out to second ended the threat.
The Bulldogs did not have their first base runner until the third inning when Sarah Dixon reached first after an illegal pitch resulted in the fourth ball of her plate appearance. Despite the walk, Miller still faced the minimum during her first time through the order as Dixon was called out for leaving first base early while trying to steal second.
Butler’s only recorded two hits on Sunday, both during the Bulldogs’ two-run fourth inning.
Creighton put at least one runner on base during each inning with the exception of the fifth.
Cantu reached base all four times as she finished 2-for-2 and walked twice. Mikaela Pecharand Tash Coffiel recorded the only other Bluejay hits of the game as Creighton lost only its second game of the season when out-hitting its opponent (14-2).
Creighton is back in action on Wednesday afternoon in Vermillion, South Dakota against the South Dakota Coyotes. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Bluejays defeated the Coyotes on April 4 , 10-2 in five innings.