OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton softball’s Ashley Cantu and Kiele Miller were each honored with weekly awards by the BIG EAST on Monday afternoon. Cantu claimed the conference’s Player of the Week accolades, while Miller earned Pitcher of the Week recognition.
Cantu paced the Bluejays with a .727 batting average from eight hits in 11 at-bats and scored six times during Creighton’s 3-1 showing at the Mean Green Classic in Denton, Texas. The junior recorded multiple hits during three of the Bluejays’ four games, including three base knocks during the first game of the weekend against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Additionally, the Frisco, Texas native scored three times against the Golden Lions in the tournament-opener before scoring once during each of the final three games in her home state.
Cantu currently leads the Bluejays with 10 runs scored and is tied for the team-lead in hits with 10, while starting each of the first nine games of the season as Creighton’s lead-off hitter and center fielder. She is also second on the team with five walks and third in on-base percentage (.500).
Miller, also a native of Texas (Dripping Springs), recorded the first no-hitter of her career and tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday night. She allowed only three bases runners (one error, two hit by pitches) and retired the final 12 Golden Lions hitters she faced while needing a mere 72 pitches during five innings for Creighton’s first solo no-hitter since April 2, 2016 (Micaela Whitney at Seton Hall).
Miller owns 23 strikeouts during 11.1 innings of work during 2019.
Both Cantu and Miller each received similar recognition once last season.
Creighton (4-5) is back in action this weekend for the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Bluejays’ first game of the tournament is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. against Evansville.