Indianapolis, Ind.-The Butler Softball team moved to 21-4 after defeating Indiana State (11-10) twice on Mar. 24 at Price Field in Terre Haute, Ind. The Bulldogs' bats were electric in the first of two games as they scored 14 runs on 13 hits to beat Indiana State 14-7. In the second game runs were harder to come by for the Bulldogs, but the three runs they managed were more than enough support for Jenny Esparza who shut the Sycamores out for a 3-0 victory.
In the first game Butler had five different players recorded two or more hits and eight different players scored at least one run. Sophomore Erin Falkenberry hit two homeruns, including a grand slam, to record a game high six RBIs. Mallory Winters added four more RBIs in a 3-4 performance at the plate. Senior Bridget Paine crossed the plate four times for the Bulldogs and also knocked in two as well. Sophomore Lauren McNulty knocked in two runs of her own and scored once herself. Jennifer Chasteen started the game and gave up seven runs in four innings of work and left the game with a 9-7 lead. Chasteen got the win as Jenny Esparza came in and pitched three scoreless innings to earn the save. Esparza struck out eight of the nine batters she faced in the game.
The second game was a lot like the first for Esparza. Esparza went a complete game allowing only three hits and striking out 12. The second game was not the hit fest the Butler batters experienced in the first game. Butler managed only three runs on five hits in the second game. Senior Annie Dolan led the Bulldogs with two hits in the game and Dolan scored a run. Winters managed to record the game’s lone RBI.
The Bulldogs will now turn their attention to their first Horizon League opponent of the year as they prepare to host the Loyola Ramblers for a three game series over the weekend. The team will play two games on Saturday Mar. 27 beginning at 1 p.m. with an expected start time of 3 p.m. for the second game. The teams will come back on Sunday Mar. 28 for the series finale scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.