Creighton University athletics had a spectacular weekend, with the women’s basketball team winning two games in its final homestand of the season. The men’s basketball team had a buzzer beater against California State University-Long Beach and the baseball team swept the University of Central Arkansas. The women’s tennis team defeated St. Cloud State University and the University of North Dakota, and the softball team swept all of its games in Denton, Texas, in the Fairfield Inn and Suites Classic hosted by the University of North Texas.
Following a four game sweep at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Creighton softball team went 3-0 this past weekend to remain a perfect 7-0 on the young season. The Bluejays defeated Northern Illinois University and South Dakota State University on Feb. 17 before finishing the weekend by defeating the NIU Huskies again on Sunday.
In game one of the doubleheader on Feb. 17 against the Huskies, the Bluejays jumped out to a 3-0 in the top of the second inning with a bases-clearing double by sophomore Ellen Homan. The Jays added one more run in the fourth frame and maintained the lead until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Huskies blasted three doubles off sophomore starting pitcher Becca Changstrom to tie the game. In the top of the 8th frame freshman utility player Allie Mathewson delivered to score freshman infielder Liz Dike from third base, which was the deciding run. Changstrom (3-0) picked up the win in the 5-4 extra inning affair.
In game two of the doubleheader on Feb. 17 against the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits, Bluejay junior starting pitcher Sammy Snygg surrendered a solo home run in the top of the third inning before settling in and not allowing another run the rest of the way. The Jays got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third with a freshman infielder Taylor Flodman RBI and tallied five more runs in the bottom of the fouth frame to take a commanding 6-1 lead over the Jackrabbits. A bases-loaded walk and RBI single in the sixth ended the scoring to arrive at the final score of a 8-1 Bluejay win. Snygg (2-0) picked up the win as the Jays benefitted from 12 walks offered up by the Jackrabbits.
Rain cancelled contests against tournament host North Texas Mean Green and Sam Houston State University on Saturday, but the Jays returned to action on Sunday against familiar-foe Northern Illinois. This time around the Bluejays wasted little time in an impressive performance by UT-Arlington transfer Alexis Cantu. Cantu, a sophomore, started and Changstrom relieved her; they combined to limit the Huskies to just one run. Cantu helped herself out with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning as the Jays never looked back, posting a 5-1 win. The Huskies fell to 3-5 as Cantu (2-0) picked up the win.
The Bluejays are off to their best start since 1987, and they look to continue their success when they travel to Kentucky this weekend to take on the No. 21 ranked University of Louisville Cardinals.