Creighton softball jumped to a 3-2 start to the season following the H-E-B Classic in San Antonio last weekend.
The weekend featured matchups with four teams as they tallied both team and player record along with career starts for young players.
With a slow start to the tournament the Bluejays fell to Toledo in the first game 2-0, putting up only one hit in the competition.
The Jays bounced back in the afternoon to earn their first win of the season with a 7-5 victory over North Dakota Friday afternoon. A 6-0 run by the Bluejays went uncontested until the Fighting Hawks put up five runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Kiele Miller iced the game with a couple strikeouts following the runs. Sophomore Mikayla Santa Cruz recorded her first Creighton victory as she pitched the start of the game with four strikeouts of her own.
Fueling from Friday afternoon’s momentum the team split the series with Toledo after the previous morning’s loss. Topping the Rockets 24-1 Saturday afternoon, the Jays put up a program record for runs. Led by sophomore infielder Kiara Mills, senior outfielder Ashley Cantu and senior catcher Mikaela Pechar, the three each drove in at least four runs a piece on the day. This tied career-highs for the three as they were among the 14 Bluejays to score in the game. In five-innings freshman pitcher Haley Gatica allowed four hits and one run in her first career start for the Bluejays.
Following the record game, the Jays returned to the field to face Texas Southern where they fell short 5-3. Despite strong hitting to start, the Jays allowed five runs to slip by— putting the game out of reach.
Entering Sunday with a split 2-2 weekend record, the Bluejays downed their host with a 9-6 victory to push them ahead on their season record. In the final game of the classic Creighton fell behind 5-1 before Miller entered the game. Behind Miller’s arm the Jays allowed just one run as the pitcher notched her first season victory.
The Jays finished the weekend with ten plus hits in four of their five games.
The team returns to Texas tonight to play in their second tournament of the season with four games over two days in the North Texas Invitational.