October 31, 2014

Baker’s blast pushes Bluejays past Huskers

Amy Baker drove in a pair of runs, including a tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the sixth, to lead Creighton Softball to a 2-1 win over in-state rival Nebraska on Wednesday night.

The win was Creighton’s fifth straight and improved the Jays to 26-19-1 on the season. Nebraska, which won the first meeting 3-0 on April 11th, fell to 29-18 with the loss.

Creighton drew first blood. Ellen Homan doubled to right and Allie Mathewson followed with a four-pitch walk. After a strikeout, Baker’s single up the middle scored Homan with the game’s first run.

Nebraska tied the game on the first pitch of the fifth inning, as Mattie Fowler lined her fourth homer of the year over the fence in left.

Baker snapped the deadlock with her seventh homer of the season on a 1-0 pitch, taking NU ace Ashley Hagemann deep for the third time in her career. It was Baker’s first homer since April 4th, as the Omaha Westside product became the fourth player in MVC history with 40 career homers.

Hagemann threw a complete game but dropped to 21-14. She allowed five hits and three walks while striking out eight, which passed Peaches James record for career strikeouts at NU.