PEORIA, Ill. — Tara Oltman reached another milestone and allowed just three hits in her 11th shutout of the season to lead the Creighton softball team to its 11th straight Missouri Valley win, a 1-0 final at Bradley Sunday afternoon.
Oltman became the second player in league history to surpass 1,000 career strikeouts, logging the 43rd shutout of her career to help the Bluejays complete the three-game sweep of the Braves.
Creighton (28-18, 13-5 Valley) scored the only run of the game in the top of the third inning. Michelle Koch walked with one out and moved to second base on Renae Sinkler's single up the middle. Amy Baker followed with a single to right center field, scoring Koch.
Oltman (24-9) finished with her 23rd complete game of the season. The All-American struck out five and walked one in the victory. Her strikeout of Lauren Meister in the fifth inning was the 1,000th of her career, joining Indiana State's Darcy Wood as the only players in league history with 1,000 in a career. With 1,002 career strikeouts, she is just 34 shy of Wood's record.
Sinkler extended her hitting streak to 12 games in the win, as she was one of five Bluejays with a base hit Sunday.
Creighton..................001 000 0—1 5 0
Bradley............................000 000 0—0 3 0
W: Oltman, 24-9. L: Dennis, 5-8. 2B: CU, Graner.