Jenny Esparza Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Freshman Jenny Esparza made her Butler pitching debut on Friday, Feb. 19.  Three days later, she was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending Feb. 21.

Esparza was impressive in her first Butler outing, allowing just three hits while pitching a complete game and picking up her first collegiate victory with a 4-2 decision over Tennessee State.  She had 13 strikeouts and allowed just two walks in the victory.

The righthander from Avon also earned a save in Butler’s 4-3 victory over Tennessee State on the final day of the tournament.  After Butler broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning, Esparza pitched a scoreless final inning, including two strikeouts.

In three tournament appearances, Esparza recorded 25 strikeouts and allowed just three earned runs.  She finished the tournament with a 1.31 earned run average.