Bradley & Illinois State Fall to Top 25 Opponents
Thursday, February 7, 2013

No. 20/21 Stanford 8, Bradley 2

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Junior Alex Chandler went 2-for-3 with a double and scored both of Bradley's runs, but the Braves opened the 2013 season with an 8-2 loss to 20th -ranked Stanford Thursday on the opening day of the Kajikawa Classic.

Stanford (1-0 overall) hit a pair of homers in the second inning and jumped out to a 5-0 lead after just two frames thanks in part to a two-run homer by Sarah Hassman in the top half of the second.

Bradley (0-1 overall) had its first two batters in the bottom half of the second single, but the Braves managed just two hits against Stanford pitchers in the first four innings and were unable to push a run across until the bottom half of the fifth.

The Cardinal added an unearned run in the top of the third on one of three BU errors in the contest to take a 6-0 lead. In the fourth, Jenna Rich made it a 7-0 Stanford lead with an RBI double and a two-out RBI single off the bat of Erin Ashby pushed the Cardinal advantage to 8-0.

The Braves managed to push a run across in the bottom of the fifth after Chandler led off the frame with the first of her two hits in the contest. After Chandler moved to second on a passed ball, junior Brianne Joseph drove her in from second with a two-out single up the middle.

Junior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine retired Stanford in order in the sixth and got of a jam in the seventh, before Chandler led off the bottom half of the seventh with a double. She later scored on a Stanford throwing error, but Bradley stranded runners at the corners as the Cardinal closed out the 8-2 victory.

Senior Mackenzie Camp suffered the loss in the circle for the Braves, surrendering three earned runs in one and two-third innings. Lynch-Crumrine struck out five in five and one-third innings of work out of the bullpen.

Bradley continues play at the Kajikawa Classic Friday, taking on 13th-ranked Arizona at 6:30 p.m. (CST) in Tempe, Ariz.

Creighton 5, New Mexico 1
San Diego State 0, Creighton 5

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Creighton softball team earned a split on the opening day of the 2013 season with a 5-1 defeat of New Mexico and a 5-2 setback to San Diego State Thursday evening at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State.

Creighton (1-1) posted 17 hits on the day led by the Bluejays’ top three batters in the lineup. Leadoff hitter Ellen Homan posted three hits on the day as did Alexis Cantu in the number three spot. Junior Blair Lowe led the team with four hits on the day including a long double off the wall in right center just shy of notching CU’s first home run of the season.

Junior right-hander Becca Changstrom went the distance in game one for the win against the Lobos (0-1) giving up just one earned run on six hits through seven innings. Cantu took the loss for the Bluejays in game two after surrendering two early runs and four hits to San Diego State (1-0).

Creighton served as the visiting team in both games Thursday. The Bluejays exploded for four runs in the first inning against UNM starter Kaela DeBroeck. Homan, Cantu and cleanup hitter Amy Baker all hit singles to load the bases. Freshman Bri Lingl reached on an error to score Homan from third and give CU a 1-0 lead with one out.

After a popup junior MaKenzie Michael cleared the bases when she ripped a double off of the right field wall. She posted three RBI to give the Jays a 4-0 lead before being thrown out on an attempt to take third base.
UNM posted a run in the bottom of the third after back-to-back singles off of Changstrom with two outs on the board. That would account for the only damage the Lobos could muster against the Bluejay starter.

CU added an insurance run in the top of the fifth. A long double off the bat of Lowe drove in Homan with two outs to yield the final score of 5-1.

New Mexico loaded the bases late with one out in the bottom of the seventh but a strikeout by Changstrom and a running grab by Michael in right center ended the Lobo threat for good.

In game two, neither team scored until SDSU posted a pair of runs in the bottom of the second off of Cantu. The Aztecs rallied on three hits a walk and Creighton error to score an early 2-0 lead after two.
Creighton responded with a run in the top of the third. Freshman Kelsey Allender led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Lowe also notched a single. Cantu followed with a single but Lowe was called out for runner’s interference on a play at second to put Bluejays on the corners with two outs. Baker reached on an error by the SDSU shortstop to score Allender unearned and cut the lead to 2-1.

The Aztecs added a run in the bottom of the fourth after a couple of singles, a walk and a Creighton error to take a 3-1 advantage into the fifth.
CU posted a score in the next frame after a double by Lowe an Aztec error and a single from Lingl.

San Diego State secured the win in the bottom of the fifth inning with back-to-back homers to start the frame and make it a 5-2 Aztec lead.

Creighton posted a couple of singles in the sixth but neither team scored the rest of the way.

The Bluejays return to the diamond Saturday afternoon against No. 14 Florida. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. CT but could be delayed by finishes from earlier games of the Kajikawa Classic. The Gators will conduct a radio broadcast. Links to it and live stats will be available at

The Jays battle Oregon State in the nightcap in a 6:30 p.m. scheduled start. The Beavers opened the year by receiving votes in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason Top 25 poll.

Sam Houston State 8, Illinois State 6
No. 24/22 Baylor 5, Illinois State 0

WACO, Texas – The Illinois State softball team opened its 2013 campaign with a pair of losses, 8-6 to Sam Houston State and 5-0 to No. 22/24 Baylor, Thursday, at the Getterman Classic. The Redbirds stranded a combined 19 runners during the two games, and were held scoreless for the last 10 innings of action.

Stephanie Gallant led the Redbirds offensively, going a combined 2-for-5 with three RBI, one run and two walks. Jhavon Hamilton also reached base five times, drawing two walks in each contest and singling in the game against Baylor.

Game One – Sam Houston State 8, Illinois State 6

Despite outhitting the Bearkats 11-9 and holding two separates leads, the Redbirds dropped their first game of the season. ISU held a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. However, the Bearkats put up four runs to grab an 8-6 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Alyssa Coggins, Jessica Slater and Tori Benavidez all reached base to begin the frame against Taylor Baxter (LP, 0-1). Sarah Allison then singled to score Coggins, with Hamilton throwing out Slater at home for the first out of the inning. Sophia Perez came on in relief to face Hillary Adams, whose two-run homer in the first inning tied the game at 2-2. Adams put the seventh pitch she saw from Perez over the left-center field fence to put the Bearkats on top, 8-6.

Illinois State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a two-out, two-RBI triple from Gallant in the top of the first. The Bearkats responded with four unanswered tallies, the first two on Adams’ homer and the second two in the bottom of the second. Coggins hit a one-out single and later scored on a wild pitch. Benavidez later scored on an illegal pitch from Baxter, a problem all game for her, to give the Bearkats a 4-2 advantage.

ISU fought back with four-straight runs of their own to take a 6-4 lead. Laura Canopy walked to lead off the third inning, later scoring on a RBI double by Sara Bradley. Two batters later, Kara Repp brought home Bradley and Gallant with a two-out, two-RBI single to cap off a three-run third inning. The Redbirds added another run on a RBI walk from Gallant in the fourth, before being held scoreless the rest of the way.

Game Two – No. 22/24 Baylor 5, Illinois State 0

Another first-inning two-run homer put the Redbirds in an early hole against the Lady Bears. Linsey Hays took a 1-2 Regan Romshek (LP, 0-1) pitch over the left-center field fence to give BU a 2-0 advantage.

The homer gave 2011 All-American Whitney Canion (WP, 1-0) an early lead to work with in the circle. Canion, making her first start since early last season due to a torn ACL, held the Redbirds scoreless for 5.0 innings while striking out eight. ISU was able to get two runners on base three times against the lefty, but couldn’t push any of them across the plate.

Baylor tacked on to the lead with single tallies in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to seal the win. Sara Smith scored on an error by Repp in the fourth, Jordan Strickland plated pinch-runner Justine Young with a triple to left in the fifth and Kaitlyn Thumann drove home Smith with a double in the sixth to round out the scoring.

Romshek was solid in her collegiate debut, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) while striking out three and walking one. Erin Rodriguez also made her debut in the circle, throwing a perfect 0.2 innings.

Illinois State plays two more times Friday. The Redbirds will take on Northern Illinois at 11 a.m., before a rematch with the Lady Bears at 4 p.m.