Wiggins Throws Complete Game in Extra Inning Loss to Villanova

OMAHA, Neb. – Freshman Alexis Wiggins threw a career-high eight innings and 176 pitches but it wasn’t enough as the Creighton Softball team lost 7-5 in eight innings to Villanova on Friday, April 15th at the CU Sports Complex.

Emma Rosonke and Kailey Wilson each had three hits and an RBI on the day for Creighton (14-19, 4-11 BIG EAST), which outhit Villanova (21-19, 9-4 BIG EAST) 11-8 in the contest. Villanova has now won seven straight games and moved into second in the BIG EAST standings.

Villanova dented the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Chloe Smith homered to right on the second pitch of the frame and Paige Rauch and Megan Kern followed with back-to-back walks against Wiggins. After a passed ball advanced both runners, Rauch would score later in the inning on a fielder’s choice.

Creighton countered with four runs in the home half of the fourth inning. Sam Alm singled and moved to second on a walk to Alyssa Gappa, then scored on a double by Rosonke that was her league-leading 38th of the season. Gappa came home on a Saren Croker groundout to tie the game. The Bluejays took their first lead of the series when Rosonke scored on a wild pitch, then added an insurance run when Wilson drove home Madeline Vejvoda to make it 4-2.

The Wildcats didn’t need much time to answer, as Angela Giampolo doubled off the top of the 10-foot wall in the center to bring home Kern and Ally Jones to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth.

Creighton had a golden opportunity to take the lead back to the bottom of the sixth inning when it put runners at the corners with just one out but was unable to convert a squeeze bunt as eventual winning pitcher Kelsey White (5-6) escaped the jam .

Both teams were retired in order in the seventh before the Wildcats scored three times in the eighth inning. Alexa Raphael singled to start the inning and would score the go-ahead run after consecutive one-out walks to Tess Cites, Smith and Rauch. Kern then doubled to the gap in left-center to push Nova’s lead to 7-4.

Shayna Dahlen deposited the first pitch from Villanova reliever Caroline Pellicano over the wall in the right field to open the eighth inning and trim CU’s deficit to 7-5, before Pellicano retired CU’s final three batters to earn her third save of the spring.

Wilson went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk to raise her batting average to .419, while Rosonke’s 3-for-4 day upped her average to .353. After throwing a total of 1.1 innings in the previous six weeks, Wiggins authored one of her best outings of the season. The Adams, Neb., Product threw a career-high 176 pitches and struck out seven batters in the fourth complete game of her season.

Villanova got two hits each from Smith, Kern and Cites.

The Bluejays and Wildcats will complete the series on Saturday at Noon at the CU Sports Complex.

NOTES: Creighton fell to 2-2 in extra-inning games this season, 10-2 when leading after four innings and 5-4 when not making an error … Creighton dropped to 13-6 when scoring five runs or more this season. .. Shayna Dahlen had a double and home run after entering the game as a defensive replacement in the fifth inning, her first multi-hit game since March 5th … Alexis Wiggins had thrown just 1.1 innings since March 5th before today’s outing … Wiggins’ 176 pitches thrown were 70 more than her previous season-high.

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