2012 Softball Headlines

July 16, 2012
Butler Adds Softball Recruit
Butler softball coach Scott Hall added to his 2012 recruiting class with the mid-summer signing of Riley Carter, a talented catcher/shortstop from Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. Carter joins five incoming freshmen previously signed by Hall.

June 13, 2012
Register For Butler Softball Camp June 26-28
Space is still available for Butler's softball camps being held June 26-28. The Bulldog coaches will be working with pitchers Tuesday, June 26, infielders the next day and will finish with an outfield camp June 28.

May 12, 2012
McNulty, Sullivan Named All-Tournament
Senior Lauren McNulty and junior Meaghan Sullivan were named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the 2012 Horizon League Softball Championship on Saturday, May 12. The two Bulldogs helped Butler to a third place team finish in the league championship.

May 11, 2012
Bulldogs Bid Ends At Valparaiso
Butler’s bid to capture the 2012 Horizon League Softball Championship came to an end on Friday, May 11, at the VU Softball Field. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs, who began the tournament with a pair of upsets, were eliminated with losses to No. 2 seed Loyola, 9-1, and to top-seeded Valparaiso, 3-2, in eight innings.

May 10, 2012
Bulldogs Drop Top-Seeded Valparaiso
Senior Breanna Fisher continued Butler’s superb pitching, and the Bulldogs pounded out nine hits to upset #1 seed Valparaiso, 6-1, in the second round of the 2012 Horizon League Softball Championship on Thursday, May 10. The victory sends Butler into a “winners’ bracket” game against #2 Loyola on Friday, May 11.

May 9, 2012
Butler Blanks Youngstown State At League Tournament
Sophomore Leah Bry tossed a three-hit shutout lead #5 Butler to a 3-0 victory over #4 Youngstown State in the opening game of the 2012 Horizon League Women’s Softball Championship at Valparaiso on Wednesday, May 9. The win lifts the Bulldogs to a second round match against top-seeded Valparaiso on Thursday, May 10.

May 8, 2012
McNulty, Sullivan Named First Team All-League
Senior Lauren McNulty and junior Meaghan Sullivan sparked Butler’s offensive attack this season and both were named to the first team on the 2012 Horizon League Softball All-League Team, released by the league office on Tuesday, May 8. A third Butler player, freshman Kristen Boros, was chosen to the league’s All-Newcomer Team.

April 29, 2012
Bulldogs Sweep Final Doubleheader
Butler unleashed 23 hits and 15 runs and wound up sweeping its final doubleheader of the 2012 season at Viking Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday, April 29. The Bulldogs defeated host Cleveland State, 7-5, in the opening game and then captured the nightcap, 8-1.

April 28, 2012
Bulldogs Fall At Cleveland State
Rain captured one game and Cleveland State held off a late Butler rally to take the second contest, 7-5, in a scheduled Horizon League doubleheader at Viking Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, April 28. The same two teams will wrap up the regular season with a doubleheader on Sunday, April 29.

April 26, 2012
Bulldogs Beat League-Leading Valparaiso
Senior Alyssa Coleman drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and relief pitcher Leah Bry finished with four shutout innings to help lift Butler to a 5-4 victory over league-leading Valparaiso in the final game of a three-game Horizon League series at the VU Softball Field on Thursday, April 26. It was just the third league setback for the Crusaders this season.

April 25, 2012
Butler Drops Two At Valparaiso
League-leading Valparaiso used two solid pitching performances and some timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader from Butler at the Valparaiso Softball Field on Wednesday, April 25. The host Crusaders won the opening game, 9-1, in five innings and then captured the nightcap, 5-1.

April 23, 2012
Leah Bry Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week
Sophomore Leah Bry, who pitched in six games in six days and led Butler to four victories, has been named Horizon League Softball Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 16-22. She’s the third Butler pitcher to be honored this spring.

April 22, 2012
Bulldogs Complete Series Softball Sweep
Seven players contributed to a 15-hit attack and Butler rolled to a 9-2 victory over Detroit to complete a three-game series sweep at the Butler Softball Field on Sunday, April 22. The wrapped up the Bulldogs’ 2012 home schedule.

April 21, 2012
Butler Sweeps “Senior Day” Doubleheader
Butler paid tribute to its senior team members prior to its Horizon League doubleheader against Detroit on Saturday, April 21. The four-year players then responded by helping lead the Bulldogs to a pair of victories at the Butler Softball Field.

April 18, 2012
Bulldogs Drop Final Game With Wright State
Visiting Wright State scored two unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning and then held off Butler to post a 5-3 victory in the final game of a three-game Horizon League series at the Butler Softball Field on Wednesday, April 18. The win gave the Raiders the series, 2-1.

April 17, 2012
Butler Softball Hosts Travel Team Day
Butler's doubleheader against Horizon League foe Wright State has been designated at "Travel Team Day," with several activities scheduled for travel softball teams attending the games. The first game of the twinbill will begin at 3 p.m. at the Butler Softball Field.

April 17, 2012
Bulldogs Split Twinbill With Wright State
Butler picked up two strong pitching performances from sophomore Leah Bry, but one rough inning left the Bulldogs with a split of two games against Horizon League foe Wright State at the Butler Softball Field on Tuesday, April 17.

April 15, 2012
Butler Drops Series Finale At Green Bay
Host Green Bay unloaded 13 hits and 11 runs in four innings and rolled past Butler, 11-3, in a run-shortened game at Ben Garot Field on Sunday, April 15. The win in the final game of a three-game Horizon League series gave the Phoenix the series edge, 2-1.

April 14, 2012
Bulldogs Split Doubleheader In Green Bay
Butler unleashed a 17-hit attack, including three home runs, and pulled out a 9-8 decision in 10 innings in the second game of a doubleheader at Horizon League foe Green Bay on Saturday, April 16. The Bulldogs had just two hits while dropping the opener, 4-1.

April 12, 2012
Butler Blanks Visiting IUPUI
Sophomore Leah Bry tossed her third complete game shutout of the season to lead Butler to a 4-0 victory over crosstown foe IUPUI in a non-league game at the Butler Softball Field on Thursday, April 12. The win was Butler’s tenth in the past 13 games.

April 11, 2012
Butler-IUPUI Doubleheader Changed
Butler’s scheduled doubleheader against IUPUI has been changed to a single game. The two Indianapolis foes will meet on the Butler Softball Field on Thursday, April 12, at 5 p.m.

April 10, 2012
Bulldogs Salvage Twinbill Split
Butler unleashed a seven-run rally in the final inning of the second game to grab a come-from-behind victory and earn a split in a non-league doubleheader at Morehead State on Tuesday, April 10. Host Morehead State captured the opening game, 1-0, before the Bulldogs stormed back with an 11-5 decision in the nightcap.

April 9, 2012
Kristen Boros Named League Player of the Week
Freshman Kristen Boros, who helped Butler to four wins in five outings, has been named Horizon League Player of the Week for the week of April 2-8. She’s the third Butler player to be honored this spring and the first non-pitcher.

April 7, 2012
Bulldogs Split League Doubleheader
Butler began the day with a strong offensive punch. UIC countered with a similar offensive output to close the afternoon and the two Horizon League teams wound up splitting a doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field on Saturday, April 5. The Bulldogs captured the series, 2-1.

April 6, 2012
Bulldogs Slip Past UIC
Butler’s power-hitters set the stage, but it was diminutive Kayla Gray who stole the show and helped lift the Bulldogs to a 4-3 victory over Horizon League foe UIC at the Butler Softball Field on Friday, April 6. The contest was the first of a three-game league series.

April 6, 2012
Softball: Butler 4, UIC 3
Mallory Winters and head coach Scott Hall talk about Butler's 4-3 win over UIC. April 6, 2012.

April 4, 2012
Softball This Weekend
There is a lot going on at Butler's home softball games when the Bulldogs host UIC this weekend. Friday, April 6 is Butler Faculty/Staff Day and National Student-Athlete Day. Saturday, April 7 is the team's breast cancer awareness game.

April 4, 2012
Bulldogs Sweep Indiana State
Butler turned a strong pitching performance and a timely rally into a pair of non-league victories over Indiana State at Price Field in Terre Haute on Wednesday, April 4. The Bulldogs captured the opener, 6-0, and then pulled out an 8-4 decision in eight innings in the nightcap.

April 2, 2012
Jenny Esparza Named League Pitcher of the Week
Junior Jenny Esparza, who returned to Butler’s rotation after a three-week absence, has been named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 26-April 1. She’s the second Butler player to be honored this spring.

April 1, 2012
Dawgs Shut Down Loyola 4-0
An RBI double by junior Kayla Gray and a two-run double by senior Jessica Huey lifted the Butler softball team to a 4-0 win over Loyola on Sunday. The win allowed Butler to take two of three against the Ramblers.

March 31, 2012
Bulldogs Split DH vs. Loyola
The Butler softball team was one inning away from sweeping a home doubleheader against Loyola on Saturday. Junior Jenny Esparza threw a shutout in a 2-0 game one victory, but Loyola made a big comeback in the second game to win 5-4.

March 30, 2012
Softball Promotions: Disco Day And Hawaiian Day
This weekend's home softball series vs. Loyola will feature two fun promotions out at the softball field. Saturday's doubleheader will have a disco theme and Sunday will feature a Hawaiian theme.

March 29, 2012
Bulldogs Roll Past Michigan State
Junior Jenny Esparza pitched four strong innings and helped lead visiting Butler to an 8-1 victory over Michigan State at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., on Thursday, March 29. It was the second straight road win for the Bulldogs, who will begin a three-game Horizon League series on Saturday (March 31).

March 29, 2012
Softball Feature: Erin Falkenberry (by Mallory Winters)
Erin Falkenberry, who came to Indiana after being adopted out of Vietnam, is now Butler's all-time leader in home runs. This feature was produced by Butler senior Mallory Winters.

March 27, 2012
Butler Splits Twinbill At Eastern Illinois
Sophomore Leah Bry tossed a five-hit shutout to lead Butler to a 1-0 victory over host Eastern Illinois and a split in the non-conference doubleheader at Williams Field in Charleston, Ill. The Panthers won the first game in nine innings, 2-1.

March 25, 2012
Butler Falls In Series Finale At Youngstown State
Host Youngstown State used the long ball to claim a 4-1 victory over Butler in the final game of a three-game Horizon League series at McCune Park in Canfield, Ohio, on Sunday, March 25. The win gave the Penguins the series, 2-1.

March 24, 2012
Butler Splits First League Games
Butler opened its 2012 Horizon League schedule by splitting a pair of one-run decisions against Youngstown State at McCune Park in Catfield, Ohio, on Saturday, March 24. Both games were decided in the final inning.

March 22, 2012
Bulldogs Fall Twice At Home
Visiting Miami (Ohio) used two strong pitching performances and some timely hitting to hand Butler a pair of setbacks in a non-league doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field on Thursday, March 22. The Redhawks claimed the opener, 5-1, and then took a 9-0 decision in five innings in the nightcap.

March 20, 2012
Photo Gallery: Butler vs. IPFW
Click here to see some photos of BU's Monday doubleheader vs. IPFW. Photos by Jim White.

March 19, 2012
IPFW Takes 2 From Bulldogs
Some late-inning runs in both games lifted IPFW to a pair of wins over the Butler softball team on Monday. IPFW, which improved to 19-5 on the year, defeated Butler 4-1 in the first game and 3-1 in the nightcap.

March 13, 2012
Purdue, Fresno State Top Bulldogs
Butler ran into two strong pitching performances and wound up dropping back-to-back games in Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday, March 13. Purdue edged Butler, 3-0, in the first game, while host Fresno State took the second, 12-1, in five innings.

March 11, 2012
Butler Falls To 0-5 In California
Butler dropped its final three contests at the Bayer CropScience Classic, hosted by Fresno State and fell to 0-5 in the seven team tournaments. The Bulldogs fell to #1 California, 14-1, host Fresno State, 9-1, and Connecticut, 10-8, in their final three games in the tournament.

March 9, 2012
Bulldogs Drop Two Games In California
Butler ran into a pair of strong West Coast opponents and wound up dropping a pair of games on the first day of the Bayer CropScience Classic in Fresno, Calif. The Bulldogs fell in the opening game of the tournament to San Diego State, 10-2, and then lost a 6-0 decision to No. 15 Oregon in the second outing.

March 6, 2012
Breanna Fisher Named Softball Pitcher of the Week
Senior Breanna Fisher, who helped Butler to a second place finish at the Arkansas Woo Pig Classic, has been named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 27-March 4. She’s the first Butler player to be honored this spring.

March 4, 2012
Bulldogs Finish Second At Woo Pig Classic
Amanda Geile hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift host Arkansas to a come-from-behind, 6-5, victory over Butler in the championship game of the Woo Pig Classic on Sunday, March 4. The finish left the Bulldogs with the runner-up trophy in the four-team meet.

February 26, 2012
Butler Splits Final Two Games At Evansville
Butler came up with two strong pitching performances, but managed just one win on the final day of the Evansville Tournament at the at James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium. The Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to UMKC in the first test of the day, before bouncing back with a 3-2 victory over host Evansville.

February 25, 2012
Bulldogs Split Two Games At Evansville Tournament
Sophomore Leah Bry tossed a one-hit shutout and Butler rolled to an 8-0 victory over Detroit in the first game of the Evansville Tournament at Cooper Stadium in Evansville, Ind., on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Bulldogs dropped the second game in the tournament to UMKC, 2-0.

February 18, 2012
Bulldogs Drop Two One-Run Decisions
The Bulldogs turned in 12 solid innings in Nashville, Tenn., but two final innings losses spoiled Butler’s 2012 softball opening day. The Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to host Lipscomb, before falling to Samford, 4-3, at the Lady Bison Round Robin on Saturday, Feb. 18.

February 17, 2012
Butler Opens Softball Season In Tennessee
Butler will open the 2012 softball season with four games in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19. The Bulldogs will play two games each against Lipscomb and Samford at the Lady Bison Round Robin, hosted by Lipscomb.

February 13, 2012
Softball Preview: Dawgs Aiming For League Title
Butler returns the top pitcher in the Horizon League and the school's all-time leading slugger. Expectations are high for head coach Scott Hall and this year's BU softball team.

February 7, 2012
Butler Tabbed Second In Horizon League Softball Poll
Butler, boasting a strong returning cast from last year’s 32-24 squad which finished runner-up in the Horizon League Tournament, has been picked second in the annual Horizon League preseason softball poll. The Bulldogs received two first place votes and 55 total points in the poll of league softball coaches.

January 25, 2012
Jenny Esparza Heads Preseason All-League Picks
Butler was well-represented on the 2012 Horizon League Preseason All-Conference Team, selected by College Sports Madness website. The Bulldogs had four players named first or second team All-League, including Preseason Pitcher of the Year Jenny Esparza.

January 15, 2012
Brummer's Blog - Jan. 15
Senior outfielder Rachel Brummer is back, taking you through the Butler softball season with a series of blog posts. Click here to read Brummer's first entry of the 2012 season.

December 15, 2011
Winter Softball Clinics Set For Jan. 15
It may be chilly outside, but softball action will be heating up inside the Butler Hitting Facility and the Butler Tennis Bubble at a pair of winter clinics. Butler will host a hitting clinic and a pitching clinic for 9th through 12th grade student-athletes on Sunday, Jan. 15.

December 5, 2011
Final Week For Slapping Clinic Registration
Time is running out for for middle school and high school athletes wishing to sign up for the Butler University Softball Slapping Clinic. The camp, for 7th through 12th grade athletes, will be held at the Butler Indoor Hitting Facility on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2-4:30 p.m.

November 23, 2011
Butler Lands Five Softball Recruits
Butler head coach Scott Hall was checking the recruiting trail for pitching, hitting and defense, and that’s what he found in his 2012-13 recruiting class. The second-year Butler coach signed four Indiana high school players and one prep player from Colorado during the November recruiting period, and the five boast talent and success.

October 20, 2011
Butler Softball Earns NFCA Academic Recognition
Six Butler softball players have been honored for academic achievement by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The six were named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes, and Butler was further honored as a 2010-11 All-Academic Team.

September 19, 2011
Butler Fall Softball Camp - Oct. 9
Butler will host a Fall Softball Camp for high school level players on Sunday, Oct. 9. The camp, for players in grades 9-12, will be broken into three individual sessions, and campers may attend any or all of the sessions.

August 30, 2011
Date For Softball Walk-On Tryouts Changed
Walk-on tryouts for the Butler softball team, originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1, have been moved to Friday, Sept. 2. Tryouts will be held at the Butler Softball Field, located off of 52nd Street across the canal, at 6 p.m.

August 30, 2011
Butler Softball Hosting Open Tryouts
The Butler softball team will hold an open tryout for students Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. The tryout will be held at the softball field.

August 11, 2011
Former Bulldog Chasteen Named Coach At Danville High School
Jennifer Chasteen, who recently finished a solid pitching career at Butler, was named head softball coach at Danville High School, just west of Indianapolis.

July 19, 2011
Butler Softball to Hold Walk-On Tryouts
Head coach Scott Hall will hold walk-on tryouts for the 2011-12 softball season. Click here for more information.