Bulldogs Fall Twice At Home
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- 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.
Miami (17-9) picked up a complete game performance from ace Jessica Simpson in the opener. The Redhawks took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning and then added three more runs in the fifth. In the second game, Miami's duo of sophomore Paige Myers and senior Katie Osburn combined on an eight-hit shutout.
The two setbacks dropped Butler to 4-17 on the season. The Bulldogs begin Horizon League play with a three-game series at Youngtown State on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.
"The conference starts this weekend, so we just have to re-group. Right now we're 0-0. That's the way we're viewing it. The practice games are over," said Butler head coach Scott Hall.
"We just have to clean it up. Defensively, we have to make some big plays and offensively, we have to take advantage of opportunities, and right now we're not doing it that," added the Butler coach.
Miami 5, Butler 1
Righthander Jessica Simpson struck out 10 and walked just one, while picking up her tenth win of the season. She allowed just five hits, and she spread those out over seven innings.
Miami broke a 1-1 deadlock on a run-scoring single by Casey Drees in the top of the fourth inning and then the Redhawks added three insurance runs in the top of the fifth to nail down their 16th win.
Butler fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but came back to tie the game in the bottom of the second frame on senior Erin Falkenberry's towering home run to centerfield. It was her first home run of the season and boosted her Butler career record for round-trippers to 33.
Sophomore Leah Bry went the distance for the Bulldogs, allowing 10 hits.
Miami 9, Butler 0
The Redhawks, who took an early 2-0 lead on Kayla Ledbetter's second inning home run, scored five runs on five hits in the fourth inning and then added two more in the fifth to claim the run-shortened decision.
Ledbetter, who added a two-run triple in the fifth, led Miami's 10-hit attack with the two extra base hits and four runs batted in. Daniela Torres and Remy Edwards each added a pair of hits for the Redhawks.
Butler had runners in scoring position in three of the five innings, but Myers and Osburn managed to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. Junior Meaghan Sullivan led Butler's offensive attack with a perfect three for three day at the plate, while freshman Cassie Rupel added a pair of hits.
Senior Breanna Fisher, who allowed six runs in three innings, suffered the loss for the Bulldogs. Freshman Sarah Lowry allowed three runs in the final two innings.