April 18, 2012

Bulldogs Drop Final Game With Wright State

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- 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.

Wright State (19-24, 7-8 HL) scored the decisive runs without hitting the ball out of the infield.  The Raiders broke a 3-3 deadlock on the strength of two infield singles, a sacrifice bunt, a hit batter and an infield error.

Catcher Kortney Tackett reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Reagan Stofcheck and scored the game-winner when Butler's Meaghan Sullivan couldn't handle a ground ball by Angie Clark.

Jess Gorman, who was hit by a pitch prior to Clark's ground ball, scored the second run on an infield single by Chelsea Archer.

Righthander Krystian DeWitt, who came on in relief of starter Chelsea Contant, stopped the Bulldogs on one hit over the final two innings to earn her second save of the season.  Contant, who pitched the first five innings, improved to 5-2 on the year.

Butler jumped in front, 3-0, in the second inning on a single to left field by senior Lauren McNulty, a run-scoring double by freshman Maria Leichty and a two-run, home run by senior Erin Falkenberry (above right).  The shot over the centerfield fence boosted Falkenberry's school record for career home runs to 37.

Butler starter Leah Bry, who blanked the Raiders over the first two innings, gave up a single unearned run in the third inning and then was tagged for two runs in the fourth, before giving way to relief pitcher Breanna Fisher in the fifth.  Fisher suffered her eighth loss in 12 decisions.

Leichty led Butler's seven-hit attack with a single and a double.  The Bulldogs also picked up extra base hits from freshman Kristen Boros, who had a two-out triple in the fifth inning, and freshman Carrie Tveita, who had a leadoff double as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

The Bulldogs (17-27, 7-8 HL) will begin a three-game league series at home against Detroit on Saturday, April 21.  The two teams will play a doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., and a single game on Sunday at noon.  Butler will pay tribute to six senior members of this year's softball team on Saturday.