Butler Drops Two At Valparaiso

Butler Drops Two At Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, IND. -- League-leading Valparaiso used two solid pitching performances and some timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader from Butler at the Valparaiso Softball Field on Wednesday, April 25.  The host Crusaders won the opening game, 9-1, in five innings and then captured the nightcap, 5-1.

Valparaiso (31-13, 15-2 HL) picked up picked up complete-game pitching performances from seniors Alex Lagesse and Sam McGee to fuel the two wins.  The Crusaders' 14 runs were scored in four innings.

The two setbacks snapped Butler's three-game winning streak and dropped the Bulldogs to 20-29 on the season and 10-10 in the Horizon League.

The two league foes will conclude their three-game series with a single game on Thursday, April 26, at 3 p.m.

Game 1 - Valparaiso 9, Butler 1 (5 innings)
Lagesse limited the Bulldogs to one run on two hits, while picking up her 14th win of the season.  She had six strikeouts and two walks in the run-shortened game.

The Crusaders jumped on Butler starter Leah Bry with four runs in the first inning and then added two more in the second on solo home runs by Amanda Wisniewski and Jessie Marinec..  The game was settled on Brittany Duncan's three-run home run in the fourth.

Butler scored it's lone run on a walk to Meaghan Sullivan and a double to left field by senior Lauren McNulty.

Game 2 - Valparaiso 5, Butler 1
The Bulldogs out-hit Valparaiso, 8-7, for the game, but the host Crusaders used one big inning to settle the decision.

Junior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry slammed a three-run, home run to cap a five-run Valparaiso rally in the fourth inning.  That proved to be more than enough offense for McGee, who held the Bulldogs in check while improving to 12-3 on the season.  The Valparaiso righthander had four strikeouts and one walk in her complete game effort.

Butler broke up the shutout in the fifth inning on singles by outfielders Megan Gray and Jessica Huey and a run-scoring single by third baseman Callie Dennison.

Dennison paced the Bulldogs with two hits in the game, while senior Erin Falkenberry picked up her eighth double of the season.