OMAHA, Neb. — Sam Crowley finished 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and the Creighton softball team scored five runs during the bottom of the second inning before falling 8-5 against Providence on Thursday afternoon at the Creighton Sports Complex.
The Bluejays fell to 13-11 (2-1 BIG EAST), while the Friars improved to 6-18 (3-2 BIG EAST).
After allowing a run during the top of the first on a RBI single, Creighton put up five runs in the bottom of the second.
Nikki McNeil led off the inning with a double and Hope Moreno reached after being hit by the pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Jordyn Sturgeon advanced the runners to second and third before Courtney Sandell sent a ball to the Providence shortstop. Vanessa Portillo fired the ball towards first but the throw was high, allowing Sandell to reach and pinch-runner Sydney Jenkins to score.
Tash Coffiel drove in the second Bluejay run of the inning with an infield single.
Ashley Cantu reached on a fielder’s choice and drove in one more to set the stage for Crowley with a runner at first base. The senior center fielder unloaded on a 1-1 delivery and lifted the ball well over the left-field fence for her fourth home run of the season to give Creighton a 5-1 lead.
Providence regained the lead with five runs on six hits and two errors during the top of the fourth. Two singles drove in the first three runs before Crista San Antonio hit a two-run homer to push the Friars ahead 6-5.
The visitors extended their lead with another two-run home run during the top of the fifth inning.
The Bluejays ended the game with nine runners left on base, including two in the fifth and sixth innings as the home team could not find a way to battle back after giving up the lead.
In addition to Crowley’s three-hit performance, McNeil finished 2-for-2 and walked once, while Creighton ended the game with 11 hits.
Providence relief pitcher Christina Ramirez did not allow a run while earning the victory during 5.1 innings of work. The Bluejays pounded out seven hits against the reliever, but stranded four runners in scoring position.
Creighton is back in action on Wednesday at home against South Dakota. First pitch between the Bluejays and Coyotes is scheduled for 4 p.m.