Bulldogs Fall In Extra Innings

Bulldogs Fall In Extra Innings

DAYTON, OHIO -- Wright State tallied an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning and pulled out a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Butler in the first game of a three-game Horizon League series at the WSU Softball Field on Thursday (April 28).  The second game was called in the second inning because of rain.

Kristi Boreing started the decisive rally for the Raiders (19-24, 8-8 Horizon League) with a single to left field to begin the home half of the eighth frame.  She advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt and then scored when Butler pitcher Jenny Esparza threw wildly to first base on a ground ball by China Frost.

The Bulldogs (26-19, 12-5 HL) jumped in front with two runs off of Wright State starter Krystian DeWitt in the first inning.  Jessica Huey started the rally with a single to left field, and Lauren McNulty followed with a walk.  Then, with two outs, DeWitt walked three straight batters, forcing in two runs.

Wright State picked up a single run in the bottom of the first inning and then tied the game in second when Lindsay Barrett was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Esparza (13-6) had 11 strikeouts in the game, but she allowed nin hits and four walks.  Chelsea Contant (6-3), who entered the game in the first inning, picked up the victory in relief for the Raiders with seven innings of shutout pitching.  She allowed just four hits and no walks during her stint.

The second game was stopped in the top of the second inning when heavy rains hit the Dayton area.  The two teams will resume the game on Friday (April 29) at 11 a.m., and then play the regularly scheduled game at 1 p.m.