Bulldogs Split Home Opener Against Morehead
The Butler Softball team (14-3) split two games with Morehead State (7-10) on Tuesday March 16 at the Butler Softball Field. The Bulldogs won the first of two games in extra innings when Annie Dolan had a walk off hit in the bottom of the ninth. The Bulldogs were unable to complete the two game sweep losing 5-1 in the second game.
Jenny Esparza had an outstanding pitching performance in the first game giving up only one run in nine innings of work. The one run was scored in the ninth inning when Morehead State started with a runner on second base, which is standard in the international tie-breaker for softball that is used for non-league games. Esparza allowed only two hits in the game and struck out 17!
Senior Annie Dolan had two hits in the first game including a walk off hit in the bottom of the ninth that plated both Lauren McNulty and Meghan Sullivan and secured a 2-1 victory for the Bulldogs. Dolan also had a double earlier in the seventh inning.
In the second game, Morehead State’s Sarah Funston shut down the Bulldogs. Funston allowed only two hits in six innings of work and left the game with a 5-0 led. The Bulldogs used a trio of pitcher to slow down the Morehead State batters who recorded seven hits in the second game.
With the series split the Bulldogs move to 14-3 on the season and end a 13 game winning streak that dates back to February 20th at the Austin Peay Classic. Next up for the Bulldogs is a trip to Ohio where they will face Dayton in a double-header on March 19th followed by another double-header at Ohio University on March 20th.