Bulldogs Held in Check by Cox and the Raiders
Indianapolis, Ind.-The Bulldogs dropped a pair of league games to visiting Wright State (18-22) on Apr. 20 at the Butler Softball Field. The first game went nine innings, but the Bulldogs came up on the short end of the stick, 2-1. In the second game of the day, Butler fell behind early and eventually fell to the Raiders, 6-3. The Bulldogs fall to 34-11 overall and 10-5 in the Horizon League.
Jenny went seven innings deep in the first game before giving way to Jennifer Chasteen. Esparza allowed one run on four hits and struck out 13 in her seven innings of work. Chasteen would end up with the loss after giving up an unearned run in the top of the ninth. Brittany Waddel who was pinch running for Allison Cox scored the decisive run on an error.
The Butler pitchers were out dueled by a pair of Raiders, Melanie Heyne and Allison Cox. Heyne and Cox went a combined nine innings allowing only five hits and one run. The only run for the Bulldogs came on a sacrifice fly by Annie Dolan which brought home Jennifer Arriaga in the bottom of the third.
The Raiders jumped out to an early lead in the first inning sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring four runs on four hits. The Raiders would finish the game with six runs on nine hits. The Bulldogs never quit though as Esparza came in to stop the damage in the first inning and finished the game allowing just 2 runs (1 unearned) on four hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The Butler hitters battled all game long against Cox, who relieved Heyne after Butler scored its first two runs of the game on homeruns in consecutive innings by Dolan and Bridget Paine. Cox finished the game with 3.2 innings of work and no runs on two hits. The Bulldogs did manage a run in the sixth against Raiders pitcher Sharon Palma before Wright State went back to Cox to finish the game.
The Bulldogs’ had a rally came up short in the bottom of seven after they load the base on a walk, a single and a fielder’s choice as Devin Dearing smashed a line drive right at the Wright State third baseman
The Bulldogs will play their final home game of the season when they conclude a three game series with Wright State on Wednesday Apr. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Butler Softball Field. Second place in the Horizon League will be on the line as Butler currently has a half game lead over the Raiders.