PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Creighton softball team fell by a single run to Providence, 3-2, during the final game of the Bluejays’ first BIG EAST series of the season on Sunday.
Creighton swept the Friars during a doubleheader on Saturday before Providence claimed the narrow victory in the series finale.
The Bluejays moved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in league action, while the Friars improved to 1-2 in BIG EAST play and 2-5 overall.
Providence delivered the game-winning run with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning off the bat of Madi Traver.
Ashley Cantu led off the top of the first by reaching on the walk and advanced to second when Sam Alm reached after being hit by the pitch but did not score. The Bluejays’ fifth-year senior reached to start Creighton’s half of the first inning for the 10th time in 11 games this season.
The Friars took advantage of the Bluejays empty top half of the first and scored two runs on two hits. Providence drew a walk before a one-out double put runners at second and third and a two-out double into right-center field scored both runners.
Creighton put two runners on again in the second with a pair of singles before a strikeout ended the inning.
The Bluejays broke into the run column in the third. Brittney Manthie reached on an error and moved to third on a ground out to the right side by Kailey Wilson. Sam Alm drove in Manthie with a sacrifice bunt. The Bluejay second baseman laid the bunt down the first-base line and Manthie crossed home plate without a play.
After Parker Boyd worked around a lead-off double in the bottom of the third inning, Creighton tied the game in the top of the fourth. Fifth-year catcher Mikaela Pechar lifted a 3-1 delivery over the left-center field wall for her second home run of the season and knotted the game at 2-2.
The Friars needed only one swing of the bat to pull ahead in the home half of the fourth.
Wilson extended her hit streak to 10 games with a two-out single in the fifth before being retired on a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Jena Lawrence came on in relief of Boyd in the bottom of the fifth with one runner on and one out. The freshman ended the inning with consecutive ground outs and sat down Providence in order during the bottom of the sixth.
Creighton’s last time up to the plate ended without the ball leaving the infield.
The Bluejays managed only four hits on Sunday as Pechar had two, while Wilson and Nielsen each had one.
Creighton resumes its season on Wednesday for a noncenference tilt against UNO. First pitch between the Bluejays and Mavericks at UNO’s newly built Connie Claussen Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.