Bulldogs are Perfect Thru Seven Games in Florida
The Bulldogs are on a nine game winning streak after winning seven games at the Rebel Games in Florida. Butler has hit nine homeruns at the Rebel Game ins Florida. Senior Bridget Paine has a hit in each of the last nine games for the Bulldogs. Paine has hit four homeruns and knocked in 17 runs on the year.
GAME 1-LaSalle, Won 3-1
The Bulldogs open their spring break trip with a 3-1 victory over LaSalle. Breanna Fisher gave up only five hits in her first complete game of the season. Fisher was helped out offensively by Jessica Huey who went 2-3 with a homerun and scored two runs and Jenn Arriaga who was a perfect 2-2 with a RBI.
GAME 2-Robert Morris, Won 3-0
Erin Falkenberry hit a solo homerun in the third inning followed by a Paine who knocked in two runs in the fifth inning. The three runs were enough for Jenny Esparza who pitched a one hitter thru 5 1/3 innings before having to leave the game because of a line drive taken off of her shin. Jennifer Chasteen came in for the injured Esparza and earned the save.
Game 3-St. Francis, Won 7-2
The bats came alive in the six inning and Bulldogs scored six runs. The rally was led by Alyssa Coleman’s three run homerun. Falkenberry went 3-4 with two RBIs and Paine added another pair of RBIs. Chasteen started the game and went 5 2/3 innings and gave up just one run on four hits. Esparza came in and earned the save by striking out all four batters she faced.
Game 4-Lehigh, Won 7-3
Esparza continued her dominance in the circle when she relieved Fisher in the third inning and struck out nine and allowed no hits to earn the win for Butler. Senior Annie Dolan with 3-3 and scored three times for the Bulldogs. Paine and Falkenberry each went 2-4 with two RBIs. Meghan Sullivan went 2-3 in the game and also added two RBIs.
Game 5- Scared Heart, Won 7-1
Mallory Winters hit a three run homerun in the 4th inning to put the Bulldogs ahead for good. Paine, McNulty and Esparza each scored a run in the game. Jen Chasteen earned the win by pitching five innings and striking out four. Esparza came in for the close and struck out all four batters she faced.
Game 6- Bryant, Won 8-3
The Bulldogs hit four homeruns to score a victory over Bryant. Erin Jackson went a perfect 4-4 in the game. Paine hit a homerun and knocked in two runs while McNulty had a homerun of her own. Huey went 2-4, scored two runs and knocked in two more. Chasteen got the win after going five innings and only giving up two runs on six hits. Chasteen had four strikeouts on the day. Kristie Malinkey pitched two innings in relief to earn the save.
Game 7- Penn, 5-4
The Bulldogs had to go to extra innings to remain unbeaten in Florida. The Bulldogs came back from a 3-1 deficit when Paine hit a three run homerun. Penn scored a go ahead run in the top of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs responded in the bottom half of the inning when Paine scored the tying run. In the bottom of the eight, Jackson knocked in McNulty after Coleman bunted her to third. Esparza pitched seven innings and gave up only one run on three hits. Esparza struck out 10 batters on the day.
The Bulldogs will play six more games in Florida before returning home for a double header against Morehead State at the Butler Softball Field on March 16.