Creighton's second baseman Sam Alm (No. 9) fields a ground ball in Sunday afternoon's 10-7 loss to the Providence Friars. (Justin Kies - NSN Sports)
March 28, 2022
(Justin Kies - NSN Sports)
The Creighton Bluejays softball team snapped a three-game win streak after losing the finale matchup of a three-game series against Providence 10-7 Sunday afternoon.
After winning both Friday and Saturday, Creighton’s (13-11, 3-4 Big East) offense couldn’t keep up with the Friars’ 14 hits. On top of that, the Bluejay defense uncharacteristically committed two errors in the loss.
It was junior right-hander Mikayla Santa Cruz who drew the start in the circle for the Bluejays Sunday – she would only face five batters as Providence took an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Fellow junior and the only pitcher the Bluejays used Friday and Saturday, Kate Mullally, came in to relieve Santa Cruz.
Creighton managed to bounce back and answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit in half. Nebraska native Cayla Nielsen put one over the wall in right center to score herself and shortstop Madeline Vejvoda. However, Creighton would go scoreless the next two innings while the Friars continued to add runs in every inning except the seventh.
Down 7-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Bluejays managed a run in back-to-back innings to keep it close but Providence remained relentless on offense and found themselves up 10-4 and three outs away from stealing the final game of this weekend’s Big East series. For the third straight day, starting left-fielder Emma Rosonke hit a homer. The three-run knock over the left-center wall pulled the Jays within 3, 10-7, but their comeback fell short.
With the win, Providence improves to 18-9 and 5-4 in conference play. Creighton falls to 13-11 and 3-4 in Big East play as they are scheduled to be back on the diamond Tuesday evening in Lincoln. The Bluejays will face in-state rival Nebraska (21-9) for the first and only time this year at 5 pm Tuesday night at the Huskers’ Bowlin Stadium.