The Creighton softball team has endured the pains of the injury bug, close losses and large defeats.

On Wednesday, the Jays split a pair of games in Brookings, South Dakota. Creighton fell in the first game of the doubleheader 7-6 because of a massive comeback and shutout South Dakota State in game two 9-0.

The Jays led 6-1 in game one before the Jackrabbits completed an impressive rally with two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win.

The Seton Hall Pirates held the Bluejay softball team to one hit after the third inning in a 12-1 win on Sunday at CU Sports Complex as it took the 2-1 series win.  

Senior pitcher Danielle DeStaso dominated in the circle and in the batter’s box for the Pirates. She recorded a game-high four RBIs while limiting the Jays to just one hit in four innings of relief pitching.  

The Jays got on the board first, but 12 runs in the final four innings sealed the six-inning win for the Pirates.  

Sophomore pitcher Sydnee Eck (6-5) took the loss for the Jays, allowing 10 runs in four innings of relief. Junior Micaela Whitney (9-6) earned the start, but left the game after two innings and one earned run.  

“I thought offensively we competed pretty darn well," coach Brent Vigness said, "But our pitchers have not been healthy enough to get quality workouts in.”

The Jays took the series opener on Saturday, winning 8-3 behind a strong performance at the plate from sophomore outfielder Allie Reinhart and six runs in the final two innings.

Freshman utility player Hayleigh Evans recorded a pinch-hit RBI single for her first career hit, breaking a 2-2 tie in a four-run fifth for the Jays.

Reinhart led the Bluejays with three hits on the day and added two RBIs and two runs. Two doubles in the game increased her total to five on the year.

Whitney went 5 2/3 innings while allowing three runs off of six hits. Eck pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Reinhart’s second home run of the year and home runs No. 9 and 10 for senior shortstop Liz Dike weren’t enough in the second game of the doubleheader as the Pirates took the 9-7 win.

Back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the first gave the Pirates the early lead.

Dike hit a solo home run and Reinhart brought in sophomore infielder Jen Daro with her home run as the Jays took the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.  

“I worked a lot in the week on my swing and on my timing,” Reinhart said. “I trusted that I could get the timing of the pitcher down and just kind of go for it.”

The Pirates answered with five two-out runs in the top of the fifth.

Dike smashed a grand slam to give her five RBIs in the game in the bottom of the fifth.  

Another long ball proved to be the difference as a two-run home run for the Pirates in the top of the sixth inning gave the final score of 9-7.  

Eck took the loss, allowing eight runs off of eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Whitney pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run.

“They’re not going to be 100 percent healthy this year,” Vigness said. “But hopefully at least we can get them some quality workouts this week and we can try to finish this thing out on a strong note.” 

The Bluejays will hit the road to take on the 15-18 DePaul Blue Demons over the weekend. The team is 7-1 in the Big East and was picked to win the conference in the preseason poll.

“We need to drop the hammer and get going, and give it our all every game,” Dike said.

2014 Big East Player of the Year Mary Connolly leads the team in both offensive and defensive categories as a senior pitcher.

In the batter’s box, Connolly boasts a team-leading 11 home runs, .415 batting average, .854 slugging percentage, 33 RBIs and 29 walks.

She has claimed a team-high 17 starts in the circle for the Blue Demons, posting a 9-10 record with a 5.79 ERA.

Sophomore outfielder Dylan Christensen was the 2014 Big East Rookie of the Year and an All-Big East First Team selection. She is batting .372 this season and has a team-leading nine doubles.

“Last year we played DePaul pretty tight,” Reinhart said. “So hopefully we can do that again this year and pull out the wins this year.”

The defending Big East champs will welcome the Bluejays to Chicago on Saturday. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at noon and finish the series with a game at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The Seton Hall Pirates held the Bluejay softball team to one hit after the third inning in a 12-1 win on Sunday at CU Sports Complex as it took the 2-1 series win.

Senior pitcher Danielle DeStaso dominated in the circle and in the batter’s box for the Pirates. She recorded a game-high four RBIs while limiting the Jays to just one hit in four innings of relief pitching.

The Jays got on the board first, but 12 runs in the final four innings sealed the six-inning win for the Pirates.

her home run as the Jays took the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

“I worked a lot in the week on my swing and on my timing,” Reinhart said. “I trusted that I could get the timing of the pitcher down and just kind of go for it.”

The Pirates answered with five two-out runs in the top of the fifth.

Dike smashed a grand slam to give her five RBIs in the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Another long ball proved to be the difference as a two-run home run for the Pirates in the top of the sixth inning gave the final score of 9-7.

Eck took the loss, allowing eight runs off of eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Whitney pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run.

“They’re not going to be 100 percent healthy this year,” Vigness said. “But hopefully at least we can get them some quality workouts this week and we can try to finish this thing out on a strong note.”

The Bluejays will hit the road to take on the 15- 18 DePaul Blue Demons over the weekend. The noon and finish the series with a game at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The Bluejays sit in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Big East standings.

The top four teams in the regular season standings make the Big East tournament.

The 2015 Big East Softball Tournament is in Rosemont, Illinios May 8 and 9.

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