Creighton softball matched a program record with six home runs in an 11-5 win over South Dakota on Wednesday during Bluejays’ home opener. 

The win moved the Jays back up to .500 and 11-11 on the season, while South Dakota fell to 19-17. 

Freshman utility Kiara Mills, who leads the team in home runs, hit two at Creighton Sports Complex, bringing her season total to five. 

Mills also led the Jays with four RBIs in her three at-bats. 

Creighton hit six total home runs, matching its program record. 

Coyotes’ first baseman and right fielder Jamie Holscher started off the first inning with a homer to center field. The Bluejays responded with Mills’ two-run home run, bringing in senior infielder Jayci Foster, making the score to 2-1. 

South Dakota tied up the game in the third inning on a Jessica Rogers ground out, which scored Dustie Durham. 

Creighton pulled ahead in the bottom of the third inning bringing in four runs with three home runs. 

Mills hit her second two-run home run, junior outfielder Ashley Cantu brought in a run with her an inside-the-park home run, and junior outfielder Mileah McKelvy homered to center field bringing the score to 6-2. 

The Coyotes left one stranded in the top of the fifth and allowed Creighton to stretch its lead to 9-3 with both third basemen Kelli Finan and catcher Mikaela Pechar homering to bring in in a total of three runs. 

Creighton pitcher Logan Black struck out the Coyotes’ left fielder Ashtyn Blakeman swinging in the sixth inning. South Dakota was able to bring in one run but left the bases loaded at the end of the inning. 

The Bluejays responded with two more runs to close out the sixth inning making the score 1-4. 

South Dakota brought in one run in the seventh inning before center fielder Camille Fowler was caught on a pop fly, leaving three stranded on base and ending the game with a score of 11-5. 

Black pitched the entire game for Creighton earning her second win of the season, striking out four players and allowing eight hits. The win improved her pitching record to 2-6, and season ERA to 3.68.

Following Wednesday's win over South Dakota, the Bluejays dropped a weekend series against Providence 0-3, putting the Bluejays' record below .500 and putting conference play at 1-5.

Creighton faces South Dakota again on Wednesday night, then hosts Big East opponent St. John's for a two game series. The Red Storm are 15-15 with a 4-1 Big East record.

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