The Creighton softball team hosted its last home series on Wednesday against Drake. Creighton lost the doubleheader 1-0 and 5-1.
It was a scoreless first game until the seventh inning; Drake was able to score a home run in the top of the seventh inning to break the 0-0 tie.
“Their first pitcher definitely had some good spin on her ball. All three pitchers were quality pitchers. We didn’t preform as well as we needed to today,” junior Kelsey Allender said.
Bluejay sophomore Sydnee Eck pitched the first game, throwing a career high of 10 strikeouts. Eck managed to only allow one run on three hits.
The Bulldogs were able to pull off both wins with the help of a home run. Senior Rebekah Schmidt’s home run claimed the win for Drake in game one while senior Hayley Nybo brought in three runs off of her home run in the second game.
Junior Micaela Whitney pitched for the Bluejays in game two. Following the loss to Drake, Whitney is now 9-9 on the season.
“I stayed with a consistent strategy throughout the game. I was really trying to attack the batters and just go at them, wanted to get ahead of the counts and force them to hit my pitch,” Whitney said.
Creighton was able to put the first run on the board in the bottom of the second inning.
Junior Blake Ringle’s single up left helped start the scoring rally for Creighton. Pinch runner freshman Allie Webb then came to first base in hopes to score a run for the Bluejays. After a successful bunt Webb then moved to second base and sophomore Jen Daro’s double was able to bring Webb home.
After Creighton claimed the 1-0 lead, Drake quickly responded scoring one run in the top of the third inning to tie the game.
As game one went, Drake claimed the win again in the seventh inning with the help of a three-run home run.
The Bulldogs were able to bring in one home early on in the seventh inning to take the lead at 2-1.
Shortly after, Hayley Nybo blasted her 11th home run of the season, bringing in three runs for the Bulldogs.
Nybo’s home run gave Drake a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Bluejays came close to making a comeback as they were able to put their first two batters on base; unfortunately, they were unable to bring anyone home the rest of the inning.
Creighton begins its away series against Providence Saturday at 11 a.m.