In the season-opening series and the team’s first opportunity to play outdoors, Creighton softball dropped three games to Wichita State last weekend.
On Saturday both games finished in five innings as the Jays dropped two decisions with scores of 14-2 and 13-3.
Sunday’s game had a different tone. Despite the 4-0 loss, the team showed noticeable differences between the two days.
That was a source of encouragement to end the weekend for coach Brent Vigness.
“I’m most happy that we competed [Sunday] and took some steps forward in all parts of our game. I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to get a win, but we obviously showed some improvement. That was important.”
A big part of that was seen defensively.
“Our pitchers looked more comfortable, more confident, and had better command of their pitches,” Vigness said.
On Saturday, the pitchers gave up 11 home runs split between the two contests.
One of those pitchers was senior pitcher Parker Boyd who had her first start for the Bluejays over the weekend. After a 26.25 ERA on Saturday, she was better on Sunday posting a 4.50 ERA over four innings. She saw improvement in herself and in her team on the second day.
“One strength was just the resiliency of the team. [Saturday] was a little rough but we didn’t come out thinking about that whatsoever. We came out with a new perspective, new mindset and were ready to go. We took advantage of the opportunity,” Boyd said.
Part of that opportunity was playing outside for the first time after indoor practices.
Boyd and Vigness are eager to keep that up in practices and get more game-like reps on the field on both sides.
At the plate, the Jays put up 12 hits in 62 at bats over the three-game series.
Saturday’s second game started with a 3-0 Jays advantage. It included runs from junior outfielder Jacey Sawyer, freshman infielder Madeline Vejvoda and a homer from sophomore infielder Kailey Wilson.
However, the Shockers were quick to respond as they scored 13 straight runs, including five home runs in the third inning.
With practices finally outside, Vigness, Boyd and the team will do all they can on the field in the week’s practices as they continue to build on the progress made.
The focus now is building confidence to turn things around in the next series.
“We need to get back in the win column early. It’s important from a confidence standpoint. It’s important mentally to get that first win,” Vigness said.
The team will have that chance as it’s set to play in five games this weekend in Illinois.