March 4, 2012

Bulldogs Finish Second At Woo Pig Classic

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. -- 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.

There was plenty of drama in the tournament finale.  The Bulldogs rallied twice to send the game into extra innings and then grabbed the lead, 5-3, in the top of the eighth inning on a two-out, two-run home run by catcher Mallory Winters (right).

But the Razorbacks, who improved to 16-2 on the season and 8-0 at home, staged the final comeback.  With a runner on second base under the International Tiebreaker, Tori Mort drove in the first Arkansas run with a one-out single up the middle.  One out and two walks (one intentional) later, Geile drove a two-strike pitch to the wall in left field for the walk-off win.

The Bulldogs overcame a 1-0 first inning deficit on a two-run double by Lauren McNulty in the third inning.  Arkansas went back on top with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, before Butler's Kristen Boros tied the game at 3-3 with a run-scoring single in the top of the seventh.

Sophomore righthander Leah Bry, who came on in relief of starting pitcher Breanna Fisher in the sixth inning, suffered her first loss in three decisions this season.

Butler (4-6) split four games in the weekend tournament.  The Bulldogs defeated IUPUI, 5-1, and Drake, 3-0, while dropping two contests to host Arkansas.

Butler 5, IUPUI 1
Leah Bry allowed just one run on five hits and struck out 11 to lead the Bulldogs past IUPUI, 5-1, in the first game of the Woo Pig Classic at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, Ark.  The Butler righthander blanked the Jaguars through six innings, before allowing a single run in the bottom of the seventh.

Butler scored all five runs in the first two innings to take control of the contest.  Meaghan Sullivan doubled, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch for the game's first run, and Erin Falkenberry made it 2-0 in the first inning with a run-scoring double.

The Bulldogs then added three runs in the second inning on a single by Callie Dennison, doubles by Sullivan and Kristen Boros and an IUPUI error.

Arkansas 3, Butler 1
Arkansas broke a 1-1 deadlock against Butler with a one-out, two-run walk-off home run by Chloe Oprzedek in the bottom of the seventh inning.  The game-winning blow spoiled a strong pitching performance by Butler starter Jenny Esparza and dropped the Bulldogs to 1-1 in the Woo Pig Classic.

Butler grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a leadoff double by Meaghan Sullivan and a run-scoring single by Kristen Boros.  The Razorbacks tied the game in the bottom of the second frame on a walk and a double, and that's where the contest stood until the bottom of the seventh.

Esparza allowed just two hits and recorded seven strikeouts in six-and-a-third innings of work.  Sullivan and outfielder Jessica Huey led Butler's seven-hit attack with a pair of hits apiece.

Butler 3, Drake 0
Righthanders Breanna Fisher and Leah Bry combined on a three-hit shutout to lead Butler past Drake, 3-0, in the first game of the final day of the Woo Pig Classic.  The victory gave Butler a 2-1 record in the meet and a trip to the tournament's championship game.

Fisher, who earned the victory, tossed the first four innings of the game and blanked Drake on two doubles and a single.  Fry threw the final four innings and recorded four strikeouts, while giving up no hits.

Butler took the lead for good when Kristen Boros scored on a dropped third strike in the bottom of the first inning.  Maria Leichty, who had two hits in the game, then capped a two-run Butler rally in the bottom of the third inning with a run-scoring double.