Purdue, Fresno State Top Bulldogs
FRESNO, CALIF. -- 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.
The two setbacks dropped Butler to 0-7 on its nine-game trip to California and 4-13 overall on the young season. The Bulldogs will wrap up their spring break trip to California with games against Pacific and Colorado State on Wednesday, March 14, at Fresno State's Bulldog Diamond.
Purdue 3, Butler 0
Senior Katie Hackney allowed just four hits in a complete-game effort to lead the Boilermakers past Butler. The Purdue righthander recorded five strikeouts in the seven-inning stint, while improving to 2-1 on the young season.
The Boilermakers took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a run-scoring double by Molly Garst and then added two more in the fourth inning.
Butler had a runner on base in six of the seven innings but only managed to advance one to second base. Meaghan Sullivan, Lauren McNulty, Devin Dearing and Erin Falkenberry each had a hit for the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Leah Bry (2-6) gave up all three runs in 3.2 innings of work, while senior Breanna Fisher blanked the Boilermakers on one hit over the final 3.1 innings.
Fresno State 12, Butler 1
Host Fresno State backed the four-hit pitching of Michelle Moses with 11 hits and 12 runs to defeat Butler in a game that was shortened by the eight-run rule. Moses struck out nine and walked none in her five-inning stint.
Fresno State scored in each of its four innings and took control with a seven-run outburst in the second frame. Stesha Brazil led the home team's attack with three hits, including a pair of home runs, and four runs batted in.
Senior Lauren McNulty (above), who slugged her second home run of the season in the third inning, and Meaghan Sullivan each had two hits for Butler.
Butler starter Breanna Fisher took the loss and fell to 1-4 on the season.