Kiara Mills

Kiara Mills prepares for a ground ball in a game against Connecticut over the weekend. Mills had three RBIs in the three-game series.

Creighton softball announced Tuesday a halt to play because of contact tracing and COVID-19 issues within the program.

Prior to the announcement, the Jays hosted their first home game in over 680 days when Connecticut delivered a 2-1 series defeat in a conference matchup.

Senior pitcher Parker Boyd led the way for the Bluejays in the first game on Saturday, holding the Huskies to just one run on three hits while striking out eight in the 2-1 win.

The Jays’ runs came by way of sophomore utility player Kiara Mills’ solo home run and a RBI ground-rule double by freshman outfielder Cayla Nielsen.

“We knew it was going to be a good challenge for us for sure and that first game out was just a well played softball game on both sides that felt really good to win,” coach Brent Vigness said.

UConn’s bats came alive in Saturday’s second game.

The Huskies scored nine runs, four of which were driven in by senior catcher Devon Casazza.

The Bluejay bats revealed their lack of experience against rise-ball pitchers as they were only able to plate one run against the Huskies’ Meghan O’Neil in the 9-1 loss.

On Sunday, Boyd and the Bluejays sought revenge and a series win, but were foiled by three UConn homers which accounted for eight of the Huskies ten runs in the 10-5 game.

“One of the things we talked about after the game was limiting giving our opponents free bases because they really make those homers hurt even more,” Vigness said. “Otherwise, I think they adjusted well and there was just a little bit more fight offensively.”

Mills and sophomore Kailey Wilson both homered for the Jays late in the game, but it proved to be too little, too late.

Now an even 3-3 in the Big East and 7-7 overall, the Bluejays are focusing on the defensive part of their game.

“Defensively, I think we need to stay focused and make those big plays, because they help and always get the energy back up,” said Nielsen when asked what spark needed to be reignited within the team.

This week’s games against UNO and Villanova have been canceled. The next scheduled contest is April 2 against Seton Hall.

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