West Lafayette, Ind.-The Bulldogs moved to 24-5 after splitting two games against Purdue (15-19) on Apr. 1 at the Purdue Varsity Softball Complex. The Bulldogs managed only one hit in the first of two games and lost by a score of 1-0. The Dawgs rebounded in the second game behind pitcher Breanna Fisher who allowed only two hits to earn a 3-0 victory.
Purdue Pitcher Suzie Rzegocki held the Bulldogs in check in game one. Rzegocki took a no hitter into the seventh before Erin Falkenberry singled up the middle to break it up. The Boilermakers scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning when Jenna Alexander doubled to left field to lead of the innings and then was sacrificed over to third by Ashley Courtney before being knocked in on a single through the left side by Elizabeth Allum. Jenny Esparza had another quality outing for the Bulldogs going six innings and only giving up one run on three hits while striking out 11.
Butler sophomore Fisher was the dominating pitcher in the second game. Fisher shut down the Boilermakers allowing only three baserunners on two hits. The Butler batters wasted no time getting the offense going as the scored their first run in the top of the first. Erin Jackson reached on a single before advancing to second on a fielder’s choice. Jackson would come home on a single up the middle by Falkenberry to score what would turn out to be the game-winning run.
Butler added a couple insurance runs in the second when Lauren McNulty and Bridget Paine led the inning off with a singles up the middle. McNulty and Paine both came around to score on a double to right center by Falkenberry. Purdue threatened in the bottom of the fourth with two hits before Fisher got a groundball to end the inning. Fisher did not allow another baserunner in the final three innings of work.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a date with the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday Apr. 2. The Bulldogs will look inch closer to the school record of 26 wins in a season, which was tied by the 2009 squad. The Dawgs will complete the weekend with a three game series at Youngstown State on Apr 3-4.