The Creighton softball team kicked off the Missouri Valley Conference season with a 2-1 series victory against Evansville last weekend, and senior catcher Amy Baker hit her way to the top of the Creighton record books.
Baker broke the career home run and RBI records previously held by Creighton assistant coach Renae Sinkler. Baker now has 52 career home runs and 151 RBIs.
Q: Are you happy with what the team accomplished so far this season?
A: Yeah. There were a couple games where, in general, our team could have done better, but 16-9 is a good start compared to where we’ve been the last couple years.
Q: What do you have to say about the Jays being picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley preseason poll?
A: We’re a team of fighters. I think that’s going to help us a lot. We weren’t OK with being picked fourth and we just want to really prove them wrong this year.
Q: What was setting the home run and RBI records like?
A: At the time, I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know. I knew I was around there, but it was really at the back of my mind. It was more or less, when I actually did it, I was like, “Cool, we won the game because of the hit.” It wasn’t really a record-type thought process.
Q: How about your game-winning grand slam against Youngstown State?
A: It was needed. There was a little bit of anger as well.
Q: What did coach Sinkler say to you about breaking her records?
A: She was nicer than I thought she would be. … She was happy for me.
Q: You grew up in Omaha. What does it mean to you to play for your hometown team and set records, as well?
A: It’s always nice to stand out. I’ve always wanted to play softball. Obviously, I grew up playing softball. My dream is actually coming true so it’s kind of nice.
Q: You only need one home run and seven RBIs to break the Missouri Valley records. What would it mean to be able to accomplish that in front of the home crowd this weekend against Illinois State?
A: I think it would be awesome. I think it would be great for the fans, especially. The fans are our parents and we’re a really close-knit team, so it would be nice to do it in front of the home crowd.
The Jays face off with the Redbirds at the CU Sports Complex this weekend. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at noon, and the series wraps up at noon Sunday.