The Creighton softball team is back in the warm weather of the Southwest, this time playing in the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The Bluejays struggled in their last trip to the region, when they went 1-4 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona.
“We showed glimpses of being pretty good,” Creighton coach Brent Vigness said. “It just wasn’t consistent.”
CU played well for five innings in a 5-0 loss to Tennessee and was tied 2-2 into the late innings of Friday losses to Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside. The Jays weren’t quite where they needed to be against BYU.
One possession, whether a defensive stop or a better decision on a full count, Vigness said, can make all the difference.
“We weren’t able to quite finish,” Vigness said. “Hopefully, consistency will allow us to finish.”
That will be the goal when CU starts play Friday. The Jays meet Campbell at 10 a.m. and Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m., then take on Campbell and Western Michigan on Saturday and New Mexico State on Sunday.
Vigness said many times he’ll see a big difference from the first weekend to the next. The Jays were disappointed in themselves, and that might give them some motivation this weekend.
“We need to get back in the win column to keep their heads up and their confidence,” Vigness said. “Consistency will put us in a position to win, and hopefully the wins will start coming and the confidence grow.”
Vigness saw some positive performances from his pitching staff — Micaela Whitney (0-2, 2.52 ERA), Sydnee Eck (0-2, 3.28) and Michal Hylton. Hylton, a freshman from Wayne, Oklahoma, picked up her first career victory against Boise State.
“They all showed some good things,” he said. “The consistency wasn’t there. I saw some great pitches, some really good innings. They weren’t there yet. I expect we will be.”