Clutch hitting propelled Creighton to a 13-1, five-inning victory over the Nebraska softball team on Wednesday at Bowlin Stadium. The Bluejays scored five two-out runs through the first two innings and finished the night scoring 10 of their 13 runs with two outs.
Creighton improved to 28-13 with its third straight victory over Nebraska, tying the Bluejays’ longest winning streak in the 28-year history of the series. Creighton’s five-inning victory marked the first run-rule game in the series since a 10-1 Husker victory in 1997. The Bluejays run-ruled Nebraska for just the second time in 108 all-time meetings, as Creighton also defeated Nebraska 14-1 in five innings in 1993. The 12-run loss was also the Huskers' worst ever at Bowlin Stadium and tied with a 14-2 loss to Northwest Missouri State for the most lopsided home loss in school history.
Three different Bluejays had at least two hits, while eight different Creighton players produced at least one RBI. Lincoln native Renae Sinkler finished with three RBIs, while Jessi Jadlowski finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs, as she was one of five Bluejays to score twice in the game, as Creighton plated a season-high 13 runs.
The run support was more than enough for Tara Oltman, who allowed just one run on only two hits in improving to 19-6 on the season. Oltman also struck out eight, while she did not walk a single batter.
Junior right-hander Molly Hill (7-9) took the loss, allowing eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in just 2.1 innings. Sophomore right-hander Alex Hupp tossed the final 2.2 innings, allowing five runs on only three hits. The staff walked a total of seven Bluejays and hit two more batters, while the Husker defense committed four errors.
Creighton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first despite the ball barely leaving the infield. Jadlowski led off with an infield single to second base. Then with two outs, Michelle Graner blooped a ball just past second base for an RBI single.
The Bluejays’ hits continued to fall in the top of the second. Michelle Koch led off with a check-swing single that landed just fair down the right field line. A walk and another infield single loaded the bases with only one out before Hill recorded a strikeout. Hill then nearly struck out TJ Eadus on a 1-2 pitch, but the pitch was ruled a ball and Hill eventually walked Eadus to allow a run to score. Sinkler then recorded the first hard-hit ball of the night, ripping a double to left center that cleared the bases and put Creighton on top, 5-0.
Creighton brought the run-rule into effect in the third, scoring three runs on two hits, a walk, an error and a sacrifice fly. Jadlowski provided the big blow, lining a two-run double just inside the third base line before Lincoln native Bailey Dawson lifted a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 8-0.
Kelli Linke finally got Nebraska on the board when she belted a two-out, solo homer off the scoreboard in left center field.
After being held off the scoreboard in the fourth, Creighton brought the run-rule back into effect in the fifth, scoring five two-out runs despite recording only one hit. The first three runs scored without the aid of a hit, before Michelle Koch and Jessica Wakasugi added RBI singles to wrap up the victory.
Junior Meghan Mullin joined Linke as the only Huskers to record a hit, while junior Darcy Rutherford saw her career-long hitting streak snapped at 15 games.
The Huskers return to Big 12 Conference play this weekend, as Nebraska hosts Baylor for a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday at Bowlin Stadium.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations