Softball Falls to Youngstown State, 4-2
The Bulldogs (26-7) fell to the Penguins of Youngstown State (7-19) 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at McCune Park in Canton, Ohio. Youngstown State got out to an early 4-0 lead then Butler scored a run in both the sixth and seventh inning before running out of outs. The Bulldogs took the weekend series 2-1.
The Bulldogs who scored two runs on seven hits only managed two hits in the first four innings of the game. The first Butler run was scored by Bridget Paine who singled to start of the sixth inning and was eventually knocked in by Jenny Esparza on a single to left field. The only other Butler run came when Kayla Gray, who re-entered to run for Devin Dearing after being hit by a pitch, advanced to third on consecutive singles by Annie Dolan and Paine before Lauren McNulty brought her home on a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Pitching for the Bulldog dipped off a little bit from the outstanding day prior, but it was errors that doomed Butler. Of the four runs the Penguins scored only half were earned. Breanna Fisher and Jennifer Chasteen gave up five hits each in the game. Both earned runs were charged to Fisher. The Youngstown State offense came primarily from the top of the order as the top four batters all scored. Leading the way for YSU was Klonowski who was 3-4 with a run scored and a RBI.
The Bulldogs will take one day off before returning to action at Valparaiso on Tuesday Apr. 6 for a doubleheader. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play eight games in the next six days, including conference games against Valparaiso and UIC.