Butler Seeded Third In Horizon League Softball Championship

2011 Horizon League Softball Tournament Bracket

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler will end a nine-day layoff when it faces defending champion Wright State in the first round of the 2011 Horizon League Softball Championship on Wednesday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. (CT).  The league tournament will be hosted by top-seeded Loyola at the Loyola Softball Park, May 11-14.

The Bulldogs, who earned the No. 3 seed in this year’s tournament, wrapped up the regular season on May 1 with a victory over Loyola.  That win gave Butler a 28-22 regular season record and a 14-8 Horizon League mark.  The 28 wins, under first-year head coach Scott Hall, are the second-most in school history.

Butler dropped three consecutive one-run games to #6-seed Wright State (13-11) during the regular season, including one in extra innings.  The Raiders won each of the games in their final at-bat, and the three losses knocked Butler out of first place in the Horizon League standings.

Cleveland State (13-8), the No. 4 seed, will open this year’s tournament against No. 5 seed UIC (11-9) at 11 a.m. (CT) on Wednesday.  The winner of that game will face No. 1 seed Loyola (16-7) on Thursday, May 12, at 11 a.m.  The winner of the Butler-Wright State contest will play No. 2 seed Valparaiso (15-7) at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The double-elimination tournament will conclude on Saturday, May 14.