The Bulldogs (17-4) won three of four games against the University of Dayton and Ohio University during a road trip March 19-20. Pitching and great hitting were the keys to two run rule victories at Dayton. Butler's bats cooled off a little but the Bulldogs continued to get outstanding pitching at Ohio University and were able to earn a spilt of the two games.
At Dayton, Won 9-0
In the first game at Dayton (7-12), Jenny Esparza led the Bulldogs allowing just a single hit in five innings of work. Esparza struck out 12 of the 16 batters she faced on the day. Esparza got more support than she needed from a lineup that scored nine runs on 10 hits in six innings. Bridget Paine was a perfect 4-4 and knocked in six runs in the first game. The Bulldogs also got multi-hit games from Lauren McNulty (3-3) and Alyssa Coleman (2-3). Paine and Coleman accounted for seven of the Bulldogs’ eight RBIs.
At Dayton, Won 8-0
In the finale against the Flyers Breanna Fisher pitched a complete game one hitter. The dogs continued an outstanding day at the plate knocking in eight runs on 11 hits. Leading the Butler bats in the nightcap were Annie Dolan and Jessica Huey who each went 3-4 and knocked in two runs apiece. McNulty was 2-3 to cap off a 5-6 day at the plate.
At Ohio, Won 2-0
Butler continued its winning ways in Athens, Ohio where they topped the Ohio Bobcats (4-17) 2-0 for their third win in a row. Erin Jackson accounted for three of the five Bulldog hits. Jackson also drove in one of the two Butler runs. Meaghan Sullivan and Paine accounted for the rest of the team’s hits. The Bulldogs got another solid outing from the pitching staff when Jennifer Chasteen allowed only three hits in seven scoreless innings of work.
At Ohio, Lost 1-2
In the final game of a four game road trip the Bulldogs came up one run short to the host Bobcats. Jenny Esparza and Fisher teamed up for yet another quality outing by the Butler pitching staff, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs were only able to manage one run on four hits. Esparza struck out eight batters in four innings of work before Fisher came in and pitched two scoreless innings. Sullivan went 2-3 in the final game despite a rather quiet game overall for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs are back in Indiana for an action packed week of games. Butler will start the week with a double-header at IUPUI on March 23 followed by another twin billing at Indiana State March 24. The Dogs will return home for a three game series against conference foe Loyola beginning March 27.