OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton softball team hit a single-game school record six home runs, including a walk-off, during the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against UMKC at the Creighton Sports Complex. The Bluejays defeated the Kangaroos 13-12 in the second game of the day following a come-from-behind 5-4 win during the opening game of the day.
Creighton improved to 19-12, while UMKC fell to 10-33.
Hope Moreno delivered the walk-off dramatics with a home run over the left-center field wall on the second pitch of the bottom of the seventh inning. The long ball marked the Bluejays’ sixth of the game, which broke a previous program single-game high for home runs of five that had been accomplished four times (last on April 13, 2013 at Indiana State). Mileah McKelvy hit two three-run homers, and Tash Coffiel, Jayci McGill, Kelli Finan and Moreno each had solo shots.
The second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader featured a combined 10 home runs and six lead changes, including four during the final two innings of play.
Creighton opened the night cap with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning by Mikaela Pechar.
UMKC countered with two runs during both the top of the second and third innings to take a 4-1 lead.
Coffiel hit the first home run of her Bluejay career for the first Creighton long ball of the game and second run. The senior lifted the ball over the left-field wall during her 355th official at-bat as a Bluejay during 157 games.
Pechar drove in her second run of the game with a ground-rule double to left-center field as the Bluejays trimmed the Kangaroo lead to 4-3 after three innings of play.
Creighton scored five runs on six hits to take an 8-4 lead during the bottom of the fourth inning. McGill opened the inning with a solo home run to left field. After two singles and a sacrifice bunt, Ashley Cantu drove home the go-ahead run with a single to center field as Victoria Alvarez from second base and gave the Bluejays their second lead of the game at 5-4. McKelvy lifted a 1-1 offering to straight-away center field for a three-run home run as Creighton built a four-run edge.
The visiting Kangaroos refused to go down without a fight by scoring two runs during the fifth inning before launching a two-out three-run home run over the left field wall to take a 9-8 lead during the top of the sixth frame.
McKelvy answered with her second three-run home run in as many at-bats to help Creighton regain an 11-9 edge. Finan hit Creighton’s fifth home run of the game and her fifth of the season to make it 12-9.
UMKC answered with a three-run homer during the top of the seventh frame to tie the game at 12-12 before Logan Black retired three of the next four Kangaroos to set up Moreno’s dramatics.
The senior wasted no time by lifting the second pitch she saw over the left-center field wall for Creighton’s sixth home run of the game to end the doubleheader.
McKelvy finished the night cap 2-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs, while Pechar went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Cantu, McGill, Moreno and Coffiel each had two hits as the Bluejays pounded out 15 hits, the most in a single Creighton game this season.
The Bluejays trailed 4-1 during the first game of Tuesday’s twin bill before scoring once during the fifth and three times during the sixth to claim a one-run victory, 5-4.
Creighton took an early 1-0 lead with an RBI walk by Finan during the bottom of the first, but the Bluejays also left the bases loaded.
After being held off the scoreboard for the first two innings by Bryana Clark, UMKC broke into the scoring column with a three-run home run during the top of the third.
The Kangaroos extended their lead to 4-1 with a solo homer during the top of the fifth.
McKelvy drove in her first of seven RBIs on Tuesday with an RBI ground out to plate Cantu and cut the deficit to two runs during the bottom of the fifth.
Cantu’s RBI single and Sam Crowley’s two-RBI triple allowed Creighton to take a 5-4 edge during the bottom of the sixth.
Freshman Kiele Miller struck out two UMKC hitters and stranded the tying and winning runs on base with a fly out to left field to end the first game of the day. Miller pitched four innings of relief and struck out eight while walking one and allowing only two hits and one earned run for her team-leading eighth victory of the season.
Cantu lead the Creighton offense during the first game by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. During the two games combined, Cantu finished 5-for-8 with four runs scored and and two RBIs. McKelvy scored a combined three times and drove in seven runs during the double dip.
Creighton is back in action on Saturday, taking on Seton Hall on the road in an 11:00 a.m. doubleheader.