Late Rally Comes Up Short Against #21 Ohio State, 7-5
The Bulldogs rallied to score five runs in the top of the sixth inning but eventually fell to #21 Ohio State (22-10) 7-5 Friday Apr. 2 at Buckeye Field. The Bulldogs were held scoreless in every inning except for the sixth. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 24-6 on the year.
The Buckeyes got an outstanding pitching performance from Megan Miller who allowed just two hits in her five scoreless innings of work. The Bulldogs were however able to jump on Miller’s replacement, Melanie Nichols, for five runs in the sixth inning. Butler scored all five of their runs with two outs. Lauren McNulty and Mallory Winters started the inning off with a pair of singles followed by a RBI single by Jenny Esparza. Then a catcher’s interference and a grand slam later Megan Sullivan had four RBIs and the game was tied.
In the end the Buckeyes had too much for the Bulldogs. Ohio State managed seven runs on nine hits. Every Buckeye reached base in the game and nine different players recorded a hit. Alicia Herron led the Buckeyes with two RBIs including the game winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.
The Bulldogs will turn their eyes back to Horizon League play as they get set for a weekend series at Youngstown State on Saturday Apr. 3-4. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in Horizon League Play so far this season and are .5 games back of Wright State. Butler needs two wins to tie the school record for most wins in a season.