PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Creighton softball team allowed only two hits but fell 4-3 to Providence during the final contest of a three-game BIG EAST Conference series on Sunday at Glay Field.
The Bluejays fell to 1-5 in conference play and 11-14 overall, while the Friars improved to 20-12 overall and 4-2 during BIG EAST action.
Sunday’s loss also marked Creighton’s fourth one-run loss during the first two weeks of league play.
Providence scored all four of its run in the bottom of the fifth with only one hit. A walk, sacrifice bunt and two consecutive errors in the circle produced the first run before a wild pitch sent home the second. The lone hit of the inning — a double to left field — produced the final two runs of the frame.
Creighton responded with two runs in the top of the sixth to cut its deficit to a single run. The Bluejays loaded the bases with three consecutive free passes. Kailey Wilson drove in the first run with a fielder’s choice before Kiara Mills doubled down the left-field line.
The Friars led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk before Creighton reliever Laura Roecker induced consecutive ground outs, including a 6-4-3 double play for the first two outs of the inning.
The Bluejays produced two quick outs to the start the top of the seventh. Finan and Mileah McKelvy drew consecutive two-out walks before Mikaela Pechar grounded out to the Friar second baseman to end the game.
Logan Black started Sunday’s game in the circle and struck out four batters during the 4.1 innings of work and allowed only one hit before exiting with runners at first and third during Providence’s four-run fifth inning.
Creighton is back in action on Wednesday afternoon against South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. The Bluejays defeated the Coyotes this past Wednesday in Omaha, 11-5, during Creighton’s home-opener.