GREEN BAY, WIS. -- 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.
The two-game split left the Bulldogs at 16-24 on the season and 6-5 in Horizon League play. Green Bay finished the day at 14-17 overall and 3-5 in league action.
The two league foes will close out their three-game series with a single game on Sunday, April 16, at Ben Garot Field in Green Bay.
Game 1 - Green Bay 4, Butler 1
Pitcher Allison Goecks had a no-hitter through six innings, before giving up a single run in the top of the seventh. The Green Bay starter had seven strikeouts and four walks in her complete-game effort.
Butler catcher Mallory Winters came up with a one-out single in the seventh to break up the no-hit bid, and freshman Sarah Gronowski entered the game as a pinch-runner. Junior Devin Dearing came on as a pinch-hitter, and she delivered a single up the middle to drive in Gronowski with Butler's lone run.
Green Bay took command of the game with three runs in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by Danielle Peerenboom's leadoff home run. The Phoenix added a fourth run in the bottom of the third inning. All four runs were scored off of Butler starter Leah Bry, who fell to 4-13 on the year.
Game 2 - Butler 9, Green Bay 8 (10 innings)
Senior Lauren McNulty (above) had four hits, including a pair of home runs, to help pace the Bulldogs to a season-high hit total. The two teams combined for 30 hits and 17 runs in a game that took three-and-a-half hours to play!
The Bulldogs ended a 7-7 deadlock in the top of the tenth inning on McNulty's second home run of the contest. The shot that cleared the centerfield fence was McNulty's sixth home run of the season. Butler added a second and decisive run in the inning on a double to right-center by Maria Leichty and a single up the middle by Winters.
The Phoenix loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, and scored one run before Butler righthander Breanna Fisher recorded the final out.
Butler jumped in front with four runs off of Goecks in the first inning. McNulty had the big blow of the inning with a three-run, home run to centerfield. Infielder Meaghan Sullivan had a run-scoring single in the inning. But the Phoenix bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the first, and the home squad eventually took a 7-4 lead heading into the sixth inning.
Freshman Kristen Boros trimmed one run off the Green Bay lead with a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, and the Bulldogs tied the contest with two runs in the seventh. Senior Erin Falkenberry picked up one run batted in with a bases-loaded walk, and infielder Callie Dennis drove in the other with a sacrifice fly.
Winters and Boros each added three hits to the Butler attack, while Krista Hakola and Dearing each had a pair of hits.
Fisher, who had six strikeouts in the game, picked up her fourth win of the season. She allowed three runs in six innings of work. Bry had eight strikeouts in four innings, but was tagged for five runs.