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Creighton Softball doubles Butler in Big East Tournament


PROVIDENCE, RI – An inside-the-park home run from a sophomore Sydra Seville in the sixth and a two-RBI day with two hits from freshman Sydney Potter led the Bluejay softball team to a 4-2 victory over Butler in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament presented by Jeep on Wednesday at Glay Field in Providence, RI

The win moves the Bluejays into the tournament’s winners bracket and improves to 34-20 on the year, while Butler drops to 22-28 overall. The Bluejay will now take on No. 2 seed UConn on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 PM CT.

After a pair of scoreless frames to open the match, Butler put the first dent on the scoreboard in the top half of the third and took a 1-0 lead. Kieli Ryan opened the frame with a walk before moving to second on a bunt-single by Sydney Carter. After an Olivia Moxley sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base, Cate Lehner delivered an RBI single through the left side to give the Bulldogs an early lead.

Butler would extend the lead in the top of the fourth when Monique Hoosen blasted her team-leading 12.ehome run of the season to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Bluejays countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, tying the game at 2-2. Back-to-back two-out singles from sophomores Ella Dalton and junior Sydra Seville set the tone for the Jays before four pitches passed Erika Perez loaded the bases. Pinch hitter Sydney Potter then delivered a single up the middle, scoring Dalton and Sevilla to tie the game at 2–2. Potter’s two-out single was her first hit since she singled against Villanova on April 6.

After a nearly four-hour weather delay, the Bluejays bats ignited when Seville blasted a hit into left center field, just out of diving range of the Bulldogs’ left fielder. As the ball bounced into center field, Sevilla raced around the bases for the Bluejays, the Park’s first home run since April 14, 2022, and the Jays’ first home run in the BIG EAST Tournament to gain their first lead of the game to claim at 3-2.

Not done yet, the Bluejays added another run to the tally when Perez doubled into the right-center field gap before an RBI double by Potter off the right-center field wall gave CU a 4-2 lead.

Sophomore Natalia Puchinothe Unanimous BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, put the Bulldogs down in the seventh to secure her 25e win of the season and the Jays’ second-ever win in the BIG EAST Softball Championships.

Potter led the Bluejays offense with a pair of hits and two RBI, while Nielsen, Vejvoda and Seville each recorded a multi-hit game as the Jays finished the game with 10 hits.

The Bluejays meet UConn Thursday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 PM CT from Glay Field in Providence, RI