STRONG FINISH: Butler's 2009 softball campaign ended two steps shy of the Horizon League Tournament championship game, but not before the Bulldogs put on a charge that landed the team in the Butler record book. The Bulldogs won 13 of their final 19 games, including three in the Horizon League Tournament. The final victory gave Butler a fourth place tournament finish and 26 wins for the year, matching the Butler single season record set in 1982 and tied in 2007. The Bulldogs also set a school record for Horizon League wins with 12, breaking the previous mark of 10 set in 1998. Butler, picked seventh in the preseason poll of league coaches, rebounded from a 6-16 start and wound up finishing fifth in the league regular season race.
TOURNAMENT RUN: The Bulldogs matched the Butler school record for Horizon League Tournament wins at the 2009 league championship, held at Pendleton Heights High School. Butler, seeded fifth, began tournament play with a victory over #8 Youngstown State, 8-1, before falling to eventual tournament champ Cleveland State, 7-0. The Bulldogs then posted back-to-back wins over #7 Green Bay, 2-0, and #4 Loyola, 12-4, before being eliminated by #3 Wright State, 5-2. Butler previously won three league tournament games in 1991, 1994 and 2002.
POSTSEASON HONOR: Freshman Breanna Fisher was named to the All-Tournament team, following the completion of the 2009 Horizon League Softball Championship. The right-handed pitcher picked up wins in Butler's tournament games against Youngstown State, Green Bay and Loyola, before falling to third-seeded Wright State in the Bulldogs' final game. She finished second among all pitchers in the tournament in wins (3), strikeouts (21) and earned run average (2.73). The three tournament wins gave her 14 victories in her first season with the Bulldogs, one shy of the school record set by Sara Unrue in 1998. Fisher led the Bulldogs with a 2.91 earned run average in 2009.
POWER SURGE: Freshman Erin Falkenberry completed her first collegiate season with three Butler records on her resume. She slugged 11 home runs in her initial campaign, breaking the previous Butler single season record of nine set by Jenny Jacobs in 2005. She also tied Butler's single season records for runs batted in (38) and for total bases (83). Jacobs set the RBI record in 2007, while Amy Hyerczyk posted the total bases record in 2006 and then tied it in 2007.
BULLDOG BITS: Senior Alex Boros set a Butler single season record for at bats with 177 in 2009. Her 59 hits and her 82 total bases both were one shy of Butler's single season records. Boros posted a team-best .333 batting average for the year...Junior Bridget Paine led the Bulldogs in hitting at the Horizon League Tournament with a .500 (7-14) average. Paine batted .331 on the year with eight doubles, two triples and five home runs...Butler set team single season records for hits (386), home runs (36), runs batted in (189), hit by pitch (23) and at bats (1,414) in 2009. The Bulldogs also set a season record for innings pitched (358.1)...Butler head coach Jeanne Rayman finished her third season at Butler's helm with 69 career wins, matching Barb Greenburg for the best three-year start by a Butler coach.