Lauren McNulty Tabbed League Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler junior Lauren McNulty, who helped Butler win five of six games and move into first place in the league standings, has been named Horizon League Softball Player of the Week.  She earned the league’s weekly honor for the first time this season.

McNulty batted .467 in Butler’s six games during the week with seven hits in 15 trips to the plate.  She scored three runs and drove in four in the Bulldogs’ six Horizon League games.  She had a .667 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage during the week.

The Butler leftfielder saved her biggest hit for her last.  She slugged a two-run, home run in the bottom of the fifth inning of Butler’s final game against Green Bay to lift the Bulldogs to a 5-4, come-from-behind victory.  The win helped boost the Bulldogs into first place in the Horizon League standings, percentage points ahead of Wright State in second place.

McNulty, who was 3-for-3 in the final win over Green Bay, also had the game-winning RBi in Butler’s 2-0 victory over Valparaiso earlier in the week.  She wound up hitting safely in five of Butler’s six games.  Butler captured two of three games in a league series against Valparaiso and then swept all three contests against league foe Green Bay.

The Bulldogs will step out of league play for a doubleheader at Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday, April 19, before returning to the Butler Softball Field for a three-game league series against Youngstown State on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23.  The Butler-Youngstown State doubleheader on Friday has been designated as NFCA Strikeout Cancer Day, while the single game on Saturday will be Butler’s Alumni/Senior Day.