Erin Falkenberry Named League Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler junior Erin Falkenberry, who became the school’s all-time home run leader, has been named Horizon League Softball Co-Player of the Week for the week beginning March 28.  The Butler first baseman shared the league’s weekly honor with Coryn Schmitt of UIC.  

Falkenberry put on an impressive slugging performance during a week that included a three-game sweep of league foe Detroit.  She hit six home runs and had a dozen runs batted in, while batting .556 on the week.  Her slugging percentage of 1.556 was off the charts, and she had a .579 on-base percentage for the five games.

The junior standout hit three home runs and drove in six runs in Butler’s 11-1, five-inning victory at Detroit, and she belted two home runs while leading the Bulldogs to an 8-6 win over the Titans.  Her sixth round-tripped came in Butler’s non-league twinbill at IPFW.

Falkenberry has already tied her own Butler single season record with 11 home runs this year.  She also broke Butler’s career record for home runs by running her three-year total to 30 round-trippers.  The previous record was 25 home runs by Jenny Jacobs (2005-08).

Schmitt, who also plays first base, had four home runs and nine RBI’s for UIC in a three-game game series against Horizon League foe Valparaiso.

Butler will have a pair of non-league doubleheaders at Dayton (Wednesday, April 6) and at Notre Dame (Thursday, April 7), before playing its first home league series this season against Cleveland State on Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10.  The Bulldogs will play a doubleheader against the defending Horizon League champs, starting at 1 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, and then a single game on Sunday.