Bears Complete Three-Game Sweep of Creighton with 5-1 Victory
OMAHA, Neb. -- Caitlin Chapin’s two-out, three-run homer in the third inning provided all the offense the Missouri State Bears would need in a 5-1 victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Creighton Bluejays Saturday afternoon at CU Sports Complex. With Chapin supplying the offense, the duo of Lauren Supak and Natalie Rose combined to hold the Bluejays (14-16, 2-5 MVC) to just three hits in lifting MSU to its fifth straight Missouri Valley Conference win.
After taking both ends of Friday’s doubleheader from the Bluejays, the Bears win Saturday put the finishing touches on the first-ever sweep of Creighton in a three-game series for Missouri State. It also marked the first three-game sweep for any team on the Jays’ home turf since the 2003 season.
The historic weekend for MSU was highlighted by the Bears’ pitching staff, which held CU to just four runs and 10 hits combined over the three-game series. The Bears’ defense also sparkled, committing just one error in the series.
The key blow in Saturday’s finale was set up by Christa Gammon’s one-out single to left-center and a Tyler Porter sacrifice bunt in the third. Jenna Schwark was then dealt an intentional pass, before Chapin unloaded on Sammy Snygg’s 1-0 offering, sending a no-doubter well over the wall in left-centerfield to stake Supak and the Bears to a 3-0 lead.
Supak was in control throughout the first half of the contest, retiring eight CU hitters in-a-row following a two-out single by Amy Baker in the bottom of the first. The senior ran into trouble in the fourth, however, as Baker drew a one-out walk, and Sara Loeffelholz and Lauren Larson posted back-to-back singles to load the bases.
That’s where Rose came on to work the Bears out of the jam amd preserve a two-run lead. The sophomore right-hander gave up an RBI-groundout to Danie Brinkmann, then retired Christa Ruf on a one-hopper to third to get out of the inning with the Bears still on top 3-1.
Missouri State would tack on two additional runs in the top of the seventh on run-scoring singles by Gammon and Schwark to stretch its lead to four runs. The junior duo paced the Bears’ offense throughout the afternoon, combining to go 4-of-6 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs.
Rose (2-7) would go on to set down all 11 batters she faced, with five coming via strikeouts. She would fan the side in the sixth and get four of the last six hitters of the game on strikes to earn her second win of the season.
Snygg (1-5) would be tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Up next, the Bears will return home to square off against Oklahoma State Thursday (April 8) at 5 p.m. at Killian Softball Stadium.