Missouri State at Creighton • Saturday/Sunday, May 5-6 • Noon (DH) on Saturday, Noon on Sunday
CU Sports Complex • Omaha, Neb.
This Weekend: Creighton closes the regular-season with a three-game homestand this weekend vs. Missouri State. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at Noon, before wrapping things up with a Noon game on Sunday. Creighton will honor Kylie Hovinga
, Christa Ruf
and Emily Perry
in between games of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Last Weekend Recap: Creighton was swept at Illinois State, losing 3-1, 8-3 and 8-0 in Normal. Creighton out-hit the Redbirds 19-15, but was outscored 19-4 in the series and never led. Blair Lowe
and Ellen Homan
each had five hits for CU.
Scouting Creighton (26-22-1, 14-9 MVC): Creighton jumped out to the second-best start in school history this spring, winning its first seven games before playing five games against ranked opponents in an eight-game span ... The Bluejay offense has scored at least 10 runs in a game 10 times this year and its 5.51 runs per game is its highest scoring average in 34 years ... CU leads the MVC with 49 homers, 251 RBI and a .458 slugging percentage ... The Jays rank in the NCAA top-40 in scoring (28th), slugging percentage (33rd) and homers per game (24th) ... Junior Amy Baker
is second in the MVC with 46 RBI, third with a .598 slugging percentage, and fourth in on-base percentage (.500), walks (33) and batting average (.364). She ranks fourth in MVC history with 41 career home runs and is tied for 11th in MVC history with 125 career RBI ... Freshman Allie Mathewson
is ninth in the MVC with a .342 batting average. She ranks third in the league in hits (55), fourth in runs (41), ninth in total bases (77) and leads the team and is tied for 12th in the MVC in stolen bases (13) ... Freshman Bri Lingl
is hitting a league-best .409 in MVC play and ranks in the top-five in the MVC in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, RBI, total bases and sacrifice flies in league contests ... Newcomer Alexis Cantu
(.339) leads the MVC with 14 homers, a .537 on-base percentage and a .748 slugging percentage, while also going 7-5 in 62.0 innings in the circle ... Cantu is hitting .421 with eight homers, 16 RBI, a 1.105 slugging percentage and .585 on-base percentage in the last 15 games ... Sophomore right-hander Becca Changstrom
is 16-12 and leads the team with a 2.37 ERA, 168.1 innings pitched and 162 strikeouts ... The Jays field at a .956 rate and own a 3.51 team ERA with four shutouts.
Scouting Missouri State (22-24, 10-13 MVC): Missouri State is 22-24 on the season, including a 7-11 road record and a 10-13 MVC mark ... The Bears have yet to be involved in a sweep (3-0 or 0-3) in any MVC series this year ... Natalie Rose is the workhorse in the circle, pitching in 38-of-46 games. Rose is 15-14 with a 1.82 ERA and owns 176 strikeouts against just 29 walks in 203.2 innings ... Chelsea Jones is the only other pitcher on the roster and is 6-9 with a 3.46 ERA in 97.0 innings ... The MSU offense is paced by Ashley Brentz, who hits .316 and leads the team with 42 hits, 23 walks and 21 runs scored ... Caitlin Chapin has hit four of the team’s nine home runs, while Heather Duckworth tops the squad with 19 RBI and the team’s only triple ... MSU ranks 10th in the MVC in batting average (.218), triples (1), home runs (9), hits (249) and runs (122) ... MSU is second in the MVC in fielding percentage (.967) and ERA (2.49).
Head Coach: Head coach Brent Vigness
(Central College, 1988) is in his 19th season at Creighton. With a record of 604-425-3 at Creighton, he is the winningest coach in Bluejay athletics history in any sport.
Vigness also served as head coach at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., for five years prior to coming to Creighton. His career record in 24 years as a head coach is 752-496-3.
The most tenured softball coach in school history has led the Jays to six MVC Tournament titles (1999, 2003-05, 2007, 2010), six regular-season MVC crowns (1998-2000, 2007-09), seven NCAA Tournament appearances (1999, 2003-05, 2007-08, 2010) and was named MVC Coach of the Year in 1998 and guided the MVC Coaching Staffs of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
CU-MSU Series: Creighton leads the all-time series against Missouri State, 47-28. The road team has won the series each of the past three seasons, but the Jays are 10-5 versus the Bears since 2007.
Below is how Creighton has done against veteran Missouri State pitcher Natalie Rose:
Creighton vs. Rose
Changstrom 3-4, 2 RBI, SAC
Homan 5-10, 3B, 2 RBI, SAC, 2 SB
Frutos 3-9, RBI, SO, SAC
Baker 2-11, RBI, BB, 5 SO, 2 SB
Perry 1-8, RBI, SO, SF
Ruf 0-11, 2 RBI, 5 SO, SAC
Snygg 0-2, 2 SO
Baker Bombs Away: Junior catcher Amy Baker
had a pair of home runs last week, giving her 41 in her career to rank fourth in MVC history. She had both RBI in Creighton's 2-1 win over Nebraska last Wednesday, including a sixth-inning dinger that helped the Jays to their first victory over the Huskers since 2009.
Senior Day Swan Song: Creighton will honor three players in between Saturday’s doubleheader as part of Senior Day festivities. Kylie Hovinga
and Christa Ruf
are seniors, while junior Emily Perry
is also playing in her final home weekend because she’ll enter Physical Therapy school next year.
Ruf has played in 188 games (152 starts) and owns 97 hits, 67 runs, 12 homers, eight doubles and five triples in her career.
Hovinga owns a 13-12 career record in 55 career appearances, including 34 starts. She’s struck out 168 batters in 195.0 innings of work and owns a 4.31 ERA.
Perry has played in 104 games, including 33 starts. She owns 18 hits and 21 runs scored, and has been used primarily as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement this spring.
Over the past four years, Creighton has gone 123-89-1, including a 63-34 mark in MVC play.
Walks Will Haunt: Creighton pitching has allowed 176 walks this season, while MSU has issued a league-low 58 free passes.
Last week the 21 walks issued by CU pitching to Illinois State’s offense came back to haunt it in a major way.
-Eight of those 21 runners to walk came around to score.
-Illinois State scored in eight of the 11 innings in which it received a walk, but did not score in its five innings without a walk.
-In Creighton’s last seven games, Creighton’s opponents have scored just once in 18 innings without being issued a walk.
Hit Trend Failed: Creighton entered last weekend 22-2-1 when owning more hits than its opponents, but that trend didn’t do any good last weekend in Normal.
In game one of the series, Creighton out-hit ISU 9-4, only to lose 3-1 thanks to 13 runners left-on-base.
In game three of the series, Creighton out-hit the Redbirds 5-2, but lost 8-0 thanks to 10 free passes (8 walks, 2 HBP) issued to the ISU offense.
Homan Home Hitting Leadoff: Sophomore OF Ellen Homan
continues to thrive as Creighton’s leadoff hitter. Homan has reached safely to open six of the past eight games, including three extra-base hits.
In 25 games as a leadoff hitter, Homan has gone 11-for-22 with three walks, giving her a .560 on-base percentage, in her first plate appearance. She’s scored seven times.
Contributing Newcomers: Creighton owns a pair of freshmen who have started every game this season, as Allie Mathewson
and Liz Dike
have both started all 49 contests. Fellow newcomer Alexis Cantu
, a sophomore transfer from Texas-Arlington, also has started every game.
Mathewson leads all Valley freshmen with 55 hits and 41 runs. Dike is second among all Valley freshmen with eight two-out RBI in league play. Cantu leads all Valley newcomers with 14 homers, 39 RBI, a .748 slugging percentage and a .537 on-base percentage.
Lowe Highlights: Blair Lowe
went 5-for-9 in Creighton's three-game series at Illinois State, continuing a strong stretch for the sophomore. She's now hitting .450 in her last seven games. She had the first three-hit game of her career in game one on Saturday vs. the Redbirds.
Nebraska Natives: Creighton owns 12 Nebraska natives on its 2012 roster, including Lincoln natives Becca Changstrom
and Liz Dike
Five of CU’s six players to start every game are from Nebraska, as is ace pitcher Changstrom.
In addition, assistant coach Abby Johnson
(Omaha), volunteer assistant Renae Sinkler
(Lincoln) and director of operations Megan Reynolds
(Omaha) are also from the state.
The 750 Club: Creighton head coach Brent Vigness
won his 750th game as a college coach on April 22 in a 7-0 win vs. Evansville.
He’s now 752-496-4 in 24 years as a head coach, and the winningest coach in school history in any sport.
Capturing 600: Brent Vigness
earned his 600th win at Creighton on April 21st in CU’s 4-3 win vs. Evansville. Vigness’ 604 victories are more than any Creighton coach in any sport in school history.
The milestone win made him the fifth MVC coach to ever win 600 games at a school. One of the two active coaches ahead of him, Holly Hesse (621 wins at Missouri State), is this weekend’s opponent.
Illinois State coach Melinda Fischer (397), Vigness (266) and Hesse (252) also rank 1-2-3 in MVC history for league wins.
Milestone Wins For Vigness at Creighton
Record Date Milestone
1-0 2/18/94 First win at CU for Vigness
100-100 4/24/97 100th win (at UMKC)
200-168 5/6/00 200th win (vs. Evansville)
300-252 3/12/04 300th win (vs. Holy Cross)
400-305-1 2/17/07 400th win (at C. Arkansas)
500-335-2 4/4/09 500th win (vs. Bradley)
600-412-3 4/21/12 600th win (vs. Evansville)
40/40/40 Club?: Creighton has had two players with 40 RBI in the same season three times (2004, 2007, 2010), but never had three teammates reach that milestone in the same season. That could change this weekend, as Amy Baker
owns 46 RBI, just ahead of newcomers Alexis Cantu
(39) and Bri Lingl
In each 2004, 2007 and 2010, Creighton reached the NCAA Tournament after claiming a Valley Tournament title game victory vs. Southern Illinois.
High Five: There are nine players in the MVC hitting .336 or better, and five of them regularly occupy the top five spots in the Creighton line-up. Amy Baker
, Bri Lingl
, Allie Mathewson
, Alexis Cantu
and Ellen Homan
are not only hitting for average, but with power as well, as they've combined for 36 home runs, 161 RBI and have also been walked 126 times.
Even better for Bluejay fans, that quintet features one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen.
Chasing Down MVC Records: Alexis Cantu
has been tearing up MVC pitching this year, leading the league with 11 homers and 27 RBI in Valley play this year. Cantu is just the second player in league history with 10 or more homers in conference play, joining Illinois State's Jessie Buker (12 in 2007). Cantu's 27 RBI are tied for fourth-most in MVC history, just six behind the mark held by UNI's Rachel Gerking in 2009.
From a team perspective, Creighton's 134 runs in Valley play are one shy a school record, and are tied for sixth-most by any team in league history. If Creighton maintains its current pace of 5.82 runs per Valley tilt, it will finish with 151 runs in league play, second-most in league history and trailing only the Valley record of 159 set by Southern Illinois in 2005.
In addition, Creighton owns 31 homers in league play this season. That's its school-record for any MVC campaign, and sixth in MVC history for one season.
Valley Peak: With three games still to play, Creighton’s offense in MVC action already ranks among the best the program has ever seen. Below is a look of Creighton’s offense in MVC games since the 2000 season, with the best marks in each category in bold.
Year MVC W-L AVG R HR SB
2012 14-9 .306 134 31 19
2011 12-12 .262 77 15 19
2010 18-7 .274 124 29 13
2009 19-6 .241 72 15 15
2008 21-3 .289 104 25 16
2007 19-4-1 .284 109 27 20
2006 10-13 .251 64 14 12
2005 19-8 .256 90 17 34
2004 17-8 .259 96 19 16
2003 14-12 .250 96 26 28
2002 18-7 .317 135 13 20
2001 16-10 .272 109 22 17
2000 11-7 .273 61 6 8
Changstrom Tied For MVC Lead: After going 6-7 in non-conference action, Becca Changstrom
owns a 10-5 record in MVC play this season. Her 10 Valley wins are third-most in the league trailing only Jamie Fisher (UNI) and Jordan Birch (ILS).
In her career, Changstrom is 21-9 in MVC action with eight shutouts. Changstrom is 9-3 and has allowed just 13 earned runs in her last 12 Valley starts (1.20 ERA).
The Best Around: Creighton owns 103 wins in MVC play since the start of 2007. That figure is second in the Valley in that span, just behind Illinois State.
Most MVC Wins, Since 2007
Illinois State 104-42-1
Southern Illinois 99-37
Northern Iowa 74-70
Wichita State 70-82
Missouri State 65-75
Indiana State 38-105
Strikeout Artist: Becca Changstrom
moved from eighth to fifth in CU history in career strikeouts during April.
She owns 337 strikeouts in her career, moving her past current Missouri State head coach and former Bluejay student-athlete Holly Hesse's 308 from 1979-82.
If At First You Don’t Succeed...: One reason for Creighton’s increased offensive attack is the production its getting from its first basemen.
This year’s Bluejay first basemen are hitting a collective .327, with six home runs, five stolen bases and 38 RBI.
By comparison, last year Creighton’s first basemen combined to hit .196 (18-92) with four homers, one stolen base and 11 RBI.
Power Players: Creighton leads the MVC with 49 home runs this year, 11 more than the team compiled all of last season. Each of the previous five times the Jays have slugged 40 round-trippers in a season, Creighton has made the NCAA Tournament, as seen below:
Year HR NCAA’s? MVC Titles
2012 46 TBD TBD
2010 66 Yes Tourney
2008 47 Yes Regular-Season
2007 57 Yes Reg.-Season & Tourney
2004 42 Yes Tourney
2003 43 Yes Tourney
Rare Blown Lead: Dating to last year Creighton had won 22 straight games when leading after six innings before squandering a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning on April 15th vs. Northern Iowa.
It was just the third time in the last 10 seasons that CU had lost a game in which it led with two outs in the seventh inning.
Since 2007, Creighton had been 135-3 (.978) when leading heading to the seventh inning, and 224-11 (.953) since 2003 in those situations.
In addition, Creighton had outscored foes 24-1 in the seventh inning this season prior to UNI's three-run outburst on April 15th.
Can’t Miss Kid: Alexis Cantu
had one of the biggest offensive games in MVC history in an April 6 game two win at Wichita State. She went 4-for-4 with three homers and eight RBI in a 14-4 win, while also throwing a complete game. Cantu's three homers are tied for third in NCAA single-game history, while her eight RBI are tied for 19th in NCAA history. In addition, her 13 total bases are tied for seventh in NCAA history. All three figures tied or set MVC single-game records.
Cantu was named MVC Player of the Week on April 9th after hitting .421 in six games last week, adding four homers, seven runs and 11 RBI in her big week.
She also hurled two complete games in the circle, holding teams to a 1.87 ERA and surrendering just eight hits in 15 innings of work.
Cantu has been the winning pitcher in four different games this year in which she’s also homered.
NCAA Stat Leaders: Through April 29th, Creighton was 28th in runs per game (5.51), 36th in slugging percentage (.455), 24th in homers per game (1.00) and 55th in batting average (.291).
ranks seventh nationally in walks per game (0.88), 19th in on-base percentage (.534), 41st in homers per game (0.29), 38th in slugging percentage (.748) and 102nd in RBI per game (0.77). Amy Baker
ranks 43rd in RBI per game (0.94) and is 56th in walks per game (0.67).
is 102nd in strikeouts per seven innings (6.7), 86th in victories (16) and 135th with a 2.37 ERA.
Surpassing 10: Creighton has scored at least 10 runs in a game 10 times already this season. The 2011 team scored 10 runs in a game just once and the Bluejays have already scored 10 or more runs in a game more this season than in the previous three seasons combined.
Creighton’s 15 runs on April 7th at Wichita State matched the program’s highest-scoring 3-game MVC series all last season (at Bradley).
Creighton’s 39 runs in the series vs. Wichita State were its highest scoring series against any MVC opponent since the league went to 3-game series in 2001.
Creighton hadn’t scored 10 runs in consecutive games vs. an MVC foe since April 28, 2007, when it scored 10 runs in two straight games vs. Northern Iowa.
Creighton hadn’t scored 14 or more runs in consecutive games since 1978.
Going, Going, Gone: Creighton hit 10 home runs in a three-game series at Wichita State. The Bluejays hit four homers in both games on April 6th, then hit two more on April 7th.
The April 6th doubleheader marked the first time in program history that CU hit four homers or more in consecutive contests.
Creighton started the series with three homers in the top of the first inning, as Allie Mathewson
, Bri Lingl
and Sammy Snygg
all went yard. It was the second time this season the Jays homered three times in the same frame, having also done so in the second inning vs. Howard on March 4 when Liz Dike
, Mathewson and Amy Baker
High in the Valley: Creighton is 14-9 through 23 MVC games this spring, as the Bluejays are hitting .306 and have scored 134 runs in their first 23 Valley games. By comparison, Creighton scored 77 runs in 24 conference games last year.
• Creighton is slugging at a .502 rate and owns an on-base percentage of .393 in Valley play. Nine different women have homered at least once in league action.
• Two newcomers have helped the Jays lead the way in league play. Freshman Bri Lingl
has reached base safely in 21-of-23 games, while sophomore transfer Alexis Cantu
has reached in CU’s past 21 of CU’s last 22 Valley contests.
Lingl and Cantu have combined for 49 RBI in Creighton’s 23 MVC games, good for 2.13 RBI per game. The duo also own a combined 17 homers in Valley tilts.
Slammin’ Sammy: Junior Sammy Snygg
had the best offensive week of her career at Wichita State on April 6-7, hitting .357 with two homers and five RBI in six games, while also scoring six times last week. She also pitched once, throwing six innings and allowing just two earned runs (2.33 ERA).
Snygg began that week just 8-for-85 (.094) in 100 career games with one homer and two RBI. In her big series, she nearly doubled these totals, going 5-for-11 at the plate. She homered twice in game one of Friday's doubleheader. Then in the third game, Snygg went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs and three RBI, in addition to her first career stolen base.
Snygg, who owns a 3.77 GPA in Exercise Science, was named MVC/Prairie Farms Scholar-Athlete of the Week on April 11th.
Inside Job: Lincoln native Liz Dike
is second among all MVC freshmen with six home runs this season, with four coming in Valley play.
Dike homered in each of the last two games of the Wichita State series. Her round-tripper on Saturday was an inside-the-park job, her second of the year. Dike also hit an inside-the-park homer on Feb. 19th at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Dike, who enrolled at Creighton in January and should still be a high school senior, has started all 49 games at shortstop this season for the Jays. She’s on pace to be the first Bluejay infielder since 2009 to start every game at the same position.
In A Pinch: Sophomore Brittnie Kreiser
has developed into one of the most dangerous pinch-hitters in the country of late. She’s been called on to pinch-hit 22 times this year, and has reached base safely eight times. Kreiser owns 11 RBI as a pinch-hitter this year.
Kreiser owns an RBI in six of her last 14 pinch-hit appearances, going 4-for-12 with a sacrifice fly and nine RBI off the bench.
Kreiser and Blair Lowe
are tied for second in the MVC with five pinch-hits this season.
By comparison, Creighton owned 11 pinch-hit RBI as a team last year, including two from Kreiser.
Below is a list of Creighton’s players in pinch-hitting situations this season:
.385, 5-13, 2B, 3 RBI
.278, 5-18, 1 HR, 11 RBI
.231, 3-13, 3 runs, 4 RBI, 2B
---, 0-0, HBP, RBI
---, 0-0, HBP
Happy Homecoming: Creighton played its first 25 games on the road this year before opening its home schedule with a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State on March 28th.
The Jays won 4-1 and 15-1, with the 15-run outburst serving as the highest scoring home game for the Bluejays since opening the 2000 season by scoring a school-record 20 runs against College of Saint Mary (Neb.). It was the third straight season CU swept its home-opening doubleheader.
Can’t Keep Her Off Base: Sophomore Alexis Cantu
reached base safely in 29 straight games until it was snapped on April 29th in three at-bats at Illinois State. It was CU’s longest streak since at least 1999, moving ahead of a spell held by current volunteer assistant coach Renae Sinkler
, who reached in 26 straight in 2008.
Changstrom Heats Up: Sophomore pitcher Becca Changstrom
has regained the form she displayed as a freshman, when she was a second-team all-MVC selection. In her last 17 appearances, Changstrom has allowed just 20 earned runs in 105.2 innings of work, good for a 1.32 ERA. She’s 11-5 in those appearances, striking out 105 and allowing just 76 hits.
Baker’s Dozens: Junior Amy Baker
owns 46 RBI so far this season, making her just the third player in Creighton history with multiple seasons of 40 or more RBI.
The only others in that elite category are two of her assistant coaches, Abby Johnson
and Renae Sinkler
Baker ranks third in CU history with 125 RBI. That figure is tied for 11th in MVC career history, as well.
Baker’s Climb: Junior Amy Baker
is second in the MVC with 46 RBI in 49 games this spring (after leading the team with 33 RBI in 53 games last year).
With eight home runs this year, she now has 41 homers in her career, trailing only current volunteer assistant coach Renae Sinkler
’s school record 50 home runs.
Baker is tied for 11th in MVC history with 125 career RBI, and is within reach to set the MVC career record of 157 RBI, currently held by Illinois State’s Heather Stella (1996-99).
Cantu Crushes Record: Sophomore Alexis Cantu
hit a tape-measure shot home run against South Dakota (March 28) for her sixth home run of the year. In crushing the towering deep fly, she set a Creighton record for home runs hit by a left-handed batter in a single-season, topping the five hit by Jessica German in 2007. Cantu leads the MVC with 14 homers this season.
Cheaper By The Dozen: Creighton has twice scored 10 or more runs in an inning this season, including a high of 12 runs in the third inning on March 31st vs. Indiana State. The 12-run inning is tied for 19th in NCAA history for runs scored in an inning. Creighton’s 17-run inning vs. College of Saint Mary’s (Neb.) on Feb. 9, 2000, is the school record, and was also done in the third inning.
Offensive Bounce Back: The Bluejays are hitting .291 as a team, a mark that would rank fifth in school history if the season ended today, and is the highest mark by a Creighton team since the 1995 team hit .298.
CU scored 184 runs in 53 games in 2011, an average of 3.5 per game. This year the Bluejays have already scored 270 runs in 49 games, an average of 5.5 runs per game (third-highest average in school history).
CU’s slugging percentage of .458 is up 90 points from last year’s .368. Creighton’s on-base percentage of .385 currently ranks as third-best in school history, just behind the 1990’s team-record .398 on-base percentage.
Walk this Way: Sophomore Alexis Cantu
leads the MVC with 14 home runs, and also leads the MVC and ranks seventh in the NCAA with 43 walks this season. Cantu has walked (43) more this year than she has struck out (37) and has broken Michelle Graner’s single-season walks record of 40, set in 2010.
• Junior Amy Baker
ranks second on the team with 33 walks, compared to only 23 strikeouts. Baker, a junior, has already walked 76 times in her career, fifth-most in CU history.
Doubling Up: Last year Creighton managed to hit only 25 doubles in 53 games, its lowest total since 1992. This season the Bluejays have already smacked 53 doubles in 49 games. Junior Amy Baker
is second on the team with seven two-baggers after she hit just one double as a sophomore – in the 52nd of 53 games.
Tripling Up: Not only are doubles up for Creighton this year, but triples are also up. The Bluejays have eight triples this year, more than in any of its previous three full seasons. Senior outfielder Christa Ruf
and freshman shortstop Liz Dike
each have two triples to lead the Bluejays this year.
Hot Start: Creighton jumped out to a 7-0 start this season for its best start to a season since 1987. The 1987 team opened the year with 10 straight wins to set a school record, while the seven straight wins to open the year marked the best start to a season under head coach Brent Vigness
. The Bluejays opened the year with an 18-0 win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, setting a CU record for the largest victory margin in a game.
Record-Tying Game: In one of Creighton’s high-scoring games this season, the Bluejays tied a school record. The Jays topped Howard 19-4 on March 4 in Tempe, Ariz., tying the school record with 22 hits in the lopsided win. The 19 runs rank second in school history, just one shy of the 20 runs scored against the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) on Feb. 9, 2000.
No Tying in Softball?: Creighton played to just the third tie in program history when its April 3rd game at South Dakota State was halted after nine innings due to darkness with the score knotted at 1-1. Creighton’s previous ties came in 2004 at Kansas (darkness) and in 2007 vs. Illinois State (rain after five innings). Creighton would go on to win the MVC Tournament in both 2004 and 2007.
Call From The Hall: Creighton great Jody Schwartz Longballa was inducted into Creighton’s Athletic Hall of Fame on April 9th.
Playing under her maiden name Jody Schwartz, she was named a first-team All-American as a senior in 1988, when she hit .340 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBI to go with a .989 fielding percentage. She was also 10-5 in the circle with a 1.14 ERA and 12 complete games in 17 starts.
She twice led the team in home runs and slugging percentage, and led the team in total bases three times. She finished her years at Creighton as the Bluejays’ career leader with 36 doubles, 113 RBI and 78 walks in a school-record 222 games played, all of which still rank in the Bluejay top-10.
Creighton went 151-71 in her four seasons, including a fifth-place finish in the 1986 Women’s College World Series, and the 1988 squad began a run of three straight trips to the NCAA Regionals.