OMAHA, Neb. — Jayci McGill‘s walk-off homer on the second pitch of the 10th inning lifted Creighton Softball to a 7-6 extra innings win over Providence on Wednesday afternoon in the BIG EAST opener for the Bluejays.
Creighton is now 12-10 (1-0 BIG EAST), while Providence dropped to 5-17 (2-1 BIG EAST).
McGill, who finished the game one 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI, made freshman Kiele Miller a winning pitcher after the freshman starred in relief. Miller (5-4) allowed just one run in six innings inside the circle, striking out a season-high 10.
Megan McCune was a hard-luck loser. She threw eight innings of relief and allowed five hits, three runs (two earned) and struck out five.
Creighton sent 11 women to the plate in the opening inning to bolt ot a 4-0 advantage. Sam Crowley singled with one out and moved to second on a walk by Kelli Finan. Hope Moreno‘s single loaded the bases, and the Jays went ahead 1-0 on McGill’s single that caught Friars first baseman Julianne Rurka leaning the wrong way as the ball skidded through the right side. Finan scored when a throw home off the bat of Jordyn Sturgeon was dropped by the catcher. The lead stretched to 3-0 on Mileah McKelvy‘s RBI groundout, and pinch-hitter Mikaela Pechar‘s single to center capped the early scoring binge.
The Bluejays tacked on their fifth run in the early innings when Crowley was hit by a pitch to start the second frame, moved to third on a Moreno single, and scored on McGill’s second RBI single of the day.
But the Friars answered with a five-run fourth inning, chasing Bluejay starter Bryana Clark. Providence evened the score with a five-run fourth inning. Mackensie Compton had a two-run single, and Rurka blasted a game-tying homer two batters later.
Neither team dented the scoreboard again until the ninth inning, when Compton homered to left to give PC its first lead of the day at 6-5. The Bluejays answered that tally with one of their own. Ashley Cantu doubled to left and raced to third on an error to open the inning, then tied the game on Crowley’s sac fly to center.
After Miller retired Providence on nine pitches in the top of the 10th inning, McGill launched her second homer of the season on the second pitch in the bottom of the inning, easily clearing the 10-foot high wall in center field at the CU Sports Complex.