Bluejays Defeat Bulldogs, 6-2, Tuesday Night In Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. - The Drake Bulldogs lost to the Creighton Bluejays, 6-2, Tuesday in the first game of a six-game road swing.
Creighton (25-19-1, 14-6 MVC) scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the game from Drake (20-25, 11-10 MVC).
Jordan Gronewold (Carlisle, Iowa) took the tough loss for the Bulldogs as the sophomore scattered eight hits and allowed six runs but just two earned in six innings of work. Gronewold struck out ten Bluejays for her third double-digit strikeout game but she falls to 15-18 with the loss.
The Bluejays went on the board first with a home run by leadoff hitter, Ellen Homan and an RBI single by Blair Lowe in the bottom of the first inning.
Drake responded in the top of the second with a two-RBI single by Nicole Randel (Alpine, Calif.), it was her MVC-leading seventh pinch-hit this season.
Creighton started the sixth inning with a leadoff walk by Lowe and a sacrifice bunt advanced her to second base. Liz Dike was next and she hit a ball to Bulldog right fielder Jaimie Duffek (Brookfield, Ill.), who misplayed it and was charged with her first error of the season. Dike was able to advance all the way to third on the error and she would score on a passed ball to extend the lead to 4-2. Allie Matthewson added the final two Bluejay runs with a two-run home run.
Duffek was the top hitter for Drake going 2-for-3 with one run scored. Torey Craddock (Tucson, Ariz.) and Sam West (Kearney, Mo.) joined Randel with one hit each for Drake.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back tomorrow when they travel to Brookings, S.D. to face South Dakota State. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. and live stats will be available on www.GoDrakebulldogs.com.