Renae Sinkler became the fourth player in Missouri Valley Conference history to repeat as Player of the Year, while Tara Oltman and Amy Baker of the Creighton softball team were each named to the MVC First-Team as voted on by league coaches and announced at the pre-tournament banquet Wednesday night in Des Moines. Oltman made school history by becoming the first student-athlete in any sport to be named first-team all-conference all four seasons of her career. Seniors Michelle Graner and Michelle Koch were both honored on the MVC Second-Team.
Sinkler, the first Bluejay to repeat as MVC Player of the Year, is enjoying the greatest offensive season in school history. The senior first baseman leads the MVC in home runs (22), RBI (55), runs scored (53), slugging percentage (.882) and on-base percentage (.508), ranking second in batting average (.382) and hits (58). Her 22 homers rank fourth in the NCAA this week and are a school and MVC record, and her 55 RBI, 53 runs scored and 134 total bases are each school records. She is the first player in league history to have 50 RBI and 50 runs scored in the same season. The slugger from Lincoln, Neb., is also the CU and MVC career record-holder with 48 home runs, and has earned first-team all-MVC honors in each of the last three seasons. Sinkler also owns the Creighton career record for total bases (378) and ranks in the career top-10 in RBI, batting average, walks, hit-by-pitch, runs and hits.
Creighton softball enters the Missouri Valley Tournament as the No. 3 seed, looking for their fifth Tournament title in the last eight years when they play tonight at 6:30 pm taking on the winner of the 1:30 pm game between No. 7 seed Wichita State and No. 6 seed and host Drake. The winner of Creighton’s game will advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament, facing No. 2 seed Illinois State on Friday at 1:30 pm.