CHICAGO — The Creighton softball team claimed two victories on Sunday at Cacciatore Stadium in Chicago to earn a series win against DePaul during the Bluejays’ final road weekend of the regular season. Creighton ended the day with a 2-1 record after completing a 7-5 victory in a suspended game that started on Saturday morning and claiming a 6-4 win during the final game of an originally scheduled doubleheader against the Blue Demons. DePaul earned a one-run win during the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, 6-5.
The Bluejays improved to 7-11 in BIG EAST play and 19-22 overall, while the Blue Demons dropped to 10-4 during league play and 31-12 overall.
Creighton sits in sixth place in the BIG EAST standings — two and a half games out of fourth place — entering the final weekend of the regular season. The top four teams in the final standings will qualify for the postseason tournament which is slated for May 10 and 11 in Rosemont, Illinois.
The Bluejays started the final contest of their series against DePaul with three runs in the first two innings. Kiara Mills hit her team-leading ninth home run to give Creighton a 2-0 lead in the first and Mikaela Pechar produced a RBI double during the second.
The Blue Demons scored one in the third before Creighton tallied three in the fourth. Kailey Wilson launched her second homer of the day to make it 4-1, while Kaitlynn Hunt hit a two-run homer for her second home run of the season as the Bluejays extended their lead to 6-1.
Hunt entered the weekend with one extra-base hit during 108 at-bats in a Creighton uniform before hitting two doubles and a home run over the course of three games in Chicago.
Creighton ended the final game of the day with 12 hits as four players recorded two and four others each had one.
DePaul scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh. Jayci Foster made a diving catch between first and second base to end the game and clinch the series with the tying run at first base and potential winning run at the plate.
Creighton ended the second and third innings with double plays and reliever Laura Roecker tallied her third strikeout of the game to end the sixth with a runner at second base.
A combination of rain, snow and sleet on Saturday suspended the first game of the weekend in the bottom of the fifth inning with Creighton leading 7-4, and forced the Bluejays and Blue Demons to arrive at the stadium on Sunday for a 10:30 a.m. resumption before playing their originally scheduled doubleheader.
DePaul restarted the action on Sunday morning with runners at first and second base, one out and a 1-1 count to designated player Gabby O’Riley. Kiele Miller induced two consecutive fly outs to end the Blue Demons’ threat in the fifth.
The Bluejays did not score during the final two innings, while DePaul managed one to close the final margin to two runs, 7-5.
Miller recorded the complete-game victory with seven strikeouts for her seventh win of the season.
Creighton jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Saturday morning with a five-run second inning. Sam Alm started the scoring on a sacrifice bunt attempt. With runners at first and second base, Alm bunted the ball towards the pitching circle where the DePaul pitcher picked up the ball and tossed it past the Blue Demon first baseman, allowing pinch-runner Courtney Sandell to score from second base. Pinch-hitter Sydney Jenkins delivered a RBI single through the middle to drive in Creighton’s second run of the game before Ashley Cantu produced a RBI ground out. Mileah McKelvy capped the scoring with a two-out two-RBI single through the middle of the diamond as the Bluejays gained a 5-0 edge.
The host Blue Demons scored twice in the bottom of the second but Creighton countered with RBI doubles during both the third and fourth innings. Hunt produced her first double as a Bluejay to drive in Kelli Finan during the third and Wilson hit a double off the left-field wall in the fourth to plate Kiara Mills and give Creighton a 7-2 lead.
DePaul hit a two-run homer and tallied consecutive walks in the bottom of the fifth as the rain and snow intensified on Saturday before play was suspended.
The Blue Demons opened the first game of Sunday’s originally scheduled doubleheader with six runs during the first two innings before escaping with a 6-5 victory to even the series.
Creighton cut into DePaul’s six-run advantage with a run in the fourth as Hunt hit a two-out double to drive in Pechar.
The Bluejays put one runner on during both of the fifth and sixth innings but did not score before scratching across four runs in the seventh. Mills doubled to drive in Cantu for Creighton’s second run of the day before Wilson launched an opposite field three-run homer to trim the Bluejays’ deficit to a single run, 6-5.
DePaul made a pitching change and ended the game with a strikeout and fly out.
McKelvy led the Bluejay offense in the first game of the doubleheader by going 3-for-4, while Mills finished 2-for-4. McKelvy and Mills each ended the series with six hits.
Roecker pitched 9.1 innings of relief on Sunday. She did not allow a run during 4.1 innings in Creighton’s one-run loss and picked up the victory during the Bluejays’ series clincher.
Creighton concludes the regular season with a three-game series against Seton Hall. The Bluejays and Pirates will start the weekend by playing a doubleheader at noon on Saturday. Creighton will recognize its five seniors between the games of doubleheader.