DENTON, Texas – The Creighton softball team earned a pair of victories on Friday afternoon at the Mean Green Classic in Denton, Texas. The Bluejays recorded a 10-0 five-inning victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff before claiming a 5-2 win against Northwestern State.
Creighton improved to 3-4 overall.
The Bluejays blanked Arkansas-Pine Bluff behind the strength of 13 hits from eight different players and a one-hit performance from starting pitcher Laura Roecker.
The Bluejays added to their lead in a similar fashion during the third. Cantu singled and eventually scored on a passed ball before McKelvy produced a double to right-center field and Finan followed with a double to left center to drive in pinch-runner Kristin Fry. After a walk, Sam Alm singled home Finan and Mikaela Pechar tallied an RBI with a ground out as Creighton built a 5-0 edge.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff loaded the bases but Roecker produced a fly out to right field to end the inning without allowing a run.
Cantu produced a one-out double in the fourth for her third hit of the game and McKelvy recorded her third hit and first RBI with a single to plate Cantu.
Cantu finished the game 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while McKelvy went 3-for-3 with one RBI.
Creighton scored its final four runs of the game during the top of the fifth. Victoria Alvarezsingled to drive in the first run before Nikki McNeil, Kiara Mills and Sydney Jenkins each recorded RBIs during their first plate appearances of the game. McNeil reached on an error and Alvarez scored on the play, Mills tripled to plate the ninth Bluejay run and Jenkins singled through the right side for the final run of the game.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff recorded its first hit of the game with a single by Shanice Akin with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. The Golden Lions put runners at first and second following an error, but Roecker took care of the final batter of the game with a groundout back to the circle.
Roecker improved to 2-0 with the shutout, matching her win total from last season while pitching for Nebraska-Omaha.
Eight different Bluejays recorded at least one hit against Pine Bluff, and a total of eight players each had at least one RBI.
Dating back to last season, Creighton owns shutouts during four of its past five games against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Bluejays fell behind 1-0 after the first inning against Northwestern State before scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Cantu produced the game-tying RBI with a single and McKelvy drove home the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice. Alm tallied a two-RBI single to drive in both Cantu and McKelvy as Creighton built a 4-1 edge.
The Lady Demons cut the deficit to two runs with an RBI single down the left-field line in the third, but Creighton’s Logan Black wiggled out of danger by inducing a fly out and strikeout to leave the bases loaded to ende the frame.
The Bluejays scored their final run during the fourth with a solo home run off the bat of McKelvy. The long ball marked Creighton’s first homer of the season.
Black posted her first win of the season with a complete-game effort. The sophomore struck out two and allowed four hits and two earned runs.
Six different Creighton players recorded a single hit during the second game of the day.
Creighton continues its stay at the Mean Green Classic with games against North Texas and Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.