2013 Butler Softball
May 16, 2013
Butler Ends Season On A Winning Streak
Butler’s softball team ended the 2013 season on the road with four consecutive victories, including a two-game sweep of defending Atlantic 10 Conference champion Massachusetts.
May 7, 2013
Jenny Esparza, Kristin Gutierrez Named All-Conference
Butler pitchers Jenny Esparza and Kristin Gutierrez were among 33 players named to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Softball All-Conference Team, selected by a vote of league head coaches. The conference honor squad was released by the A-10 office on Tuesday, May 7.
May 7, 2013
Jenny Esparza Earns A-10 Honor
Senior Jenny Esparza, who helped lead Butler to a season-ending four-game winning streak, has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 5. Esparza is the first Butler softball player to earn the league’s weekly honor.
May 5, 2013
Bulldogs Finish Season With Doubleheader Sweep
Butler supported two solid pitching performances with a strong offensive showing and closed out the 2013 softball campaign with a doubleheader sweep at Rhode Island on Sunday (May 5). The Bulldogs captured the opener, 6-2, and then finished the season with an 8-1 victory in the nightcap.
May 4, 2013
Bulldogs Complete Sweep Of Massachusetts
Senior Jenny Esparza and freshman Kristin Gutierrez combined on a one-hit shutout and Butler completed a sweep of defending Atlantic 10 Conference champion Massachusetts with a 2-0 victory on Saturday (May 4). The road win at Sortino Field lifted the Bulldogs to 9-9 in conference play.
May 3, 2013
Butler Opens Road Trip With A Victory
Senior Jenny Esparza turned in a complete-game effort on the mound and Butler began a four-game road trip to the Northeast with a 4-2 victory over Massachusetts on Friday (May 3). The contest was the first of a two-game series between the Bulldogs and the Minutewomen.
April 24, 2013
Final Inning Rallies Lift Saint Louis Past Butler
Saint Louis used a couple of final inning rallies to spoil two strong pitching performances and hand host Butler a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference setback on Wednesday (April 24). The Billikens came from behind to take the opener 6-4 and then won the nightcap, 2-0, in eight innings.
April 23, 2013
Saint Louis Doubleheader Moved To Wednesday
Butler's doubleheader with Atlantic 10 Conference foe Saint Louis has been moved from Tuesday (April 23) to Wednesday (April 24), because of weather concerns in the Indianapolis area. The first game of the twinbill will start at 2 p.m.
April 21, 2013
Big Innings Lift Temple Past Butler
Visiting Temple took advantage of big scoring innings in both games to hand Butler a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference setbacks at the Butler Softball Field on Sunday (April 21). The Owls captured the first game, 7-3, and then pulled out a come-from-behind, 5-2 decision in the second contest.
April 20, 2013
Bulldogs Split WIth A-10 Leader
Sophomore Cassie Rupel drove in two clutch runs and freshman Kristin Gutierrez turned in another complete-game pitching gem to lift Butler to a 5-2 victory over Saint Joseph’s and a doubleheader split with the Atlantic 10 Conference leader on Saturday (April 20). Saint Joseph’s captured the opener at the Butler Softball Field, 5-4.
April 19, 2013
Butler Softball Game Postponed
Butler's softball game against Saint Joseph's, scheduled for Friday (April 19), has been postponed because of wet field conditions. The Atlantic 10 Conference game will be played as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20, starting at noon.
April 16, 2013
Butler Softball Games Postponed
Butler's softball doubleheader against Saint Louis on Tuesday (April 16) was postponed because of heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Indianapolis area. No make-up date for the Atlantic 10 Conference twinbill has been set.
April 14, 2013
Bulldogs Rally For A-10 Twinbill Split
Senior Devin Dearing delivered a clutch double in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap a two-run rally and lift Butler to a 3-2 extra innings victory over visiting Fordham on Sunday (April 14). The dramatic win gave the Bulldogs a split in the Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader.
April 13, 2013
Butler Captures Conference Doubleheader
Butler used an offensive explosion in the first game and two solid pitching performances to sweep a doubleheader from visiting La Salle on Saturday, April 13. The Bulldogs captured the first game, 15-1 in five innings and then completed the sweep of their Atlantic 10 Conference foe with a 2-0 decision in the second contest.
April 12, 2013
Butler Softball Game Rescheduled
Butler's softball game against La Salle, originally scheduled for Friday (April 12) at 3 p.m., has been moved to Saturday, April 13. The two Atlantic 10 Conference foes will meet in a doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field, starting at noon.
April 10, 2013
Bulldogs Sweep Morehead State
Sophomore Megan Gray delivered a two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Butler a 7-6 victory and a two-game sweep over visiting Morehead State at the Butler Softball Field on Wednesday (April 10). The two wins opened a 12-game homestand for the Bulldogs.
April 9, 2013
Long-Ball Sinks Bulldogs
Host Ball State slugged five home runs and rolled past Butler, 11-2, in five innings in a non-conference game at the BSU Softball Complex on Tuesday (April 9). The run-shortened decision was the start of a stretch of seven games in six days for the Bulldogs.
April 6, 2013
Bulldogs Fall At George Washington
Host George Washington took advantage of three unearned runs in the first inning and a complete-game pitching performance by Meghan Rico to hand Butler a 4-1 setback at the GW Softball Field on Saturday (April 6). The setback left the Bulldogs with a split of the two-game Atlantic 10 Conference series.
April 5, 2013
Butler No-Hits George Washington
Pitchers Jenny Esparza and Kristin Gutierrez combined on a no-hitter and Butler tallied the gameâs lone run in the seventh inning to slip past George Washington, 1-0, on Friday (April 5). The game was the first of a two-game Atlantic 10 Conference series at the GW Softball Field.
April 2, 2013
Bulldogs Drop Two Games At Miami (Ohio)
Host Miami (Ohio) used a pair of late rallies to hand Butler a pair of non-conference setbacks in a twinbill at the MU Softball Stadium on Tuesday (April 2). The RedHawks came from behind to win the opener, 5-4, in eight innings and then took the nightcap, 6-2.
April 1, 2013
Bulldogs Defeat IUPUI In Home Road Game
Devin Dearing ignited a decisive three-run rally and three Butler pitchers allowed just two to help power the Bulldogs past IUPUI, 5-1, on Monday (April 1). The non-conference win lifted Butler to 11-14 on the young season.
March 28, 2013
Bulldogs Drop Two Games At Dayton
Host Dayton used a late rally in the opener and a power-fueled start in the nightcap to sweep a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference games from Butler on Thursday (March 28). The Flyers captured the opener, 6-3, and then finished the day with a 5-3 decision.
March 26, 2013
Weather Creates Softball Schedule Changes
The snowstorm that swept through the Midwest on Sunday and Monday, March 24-25, has altered Butler's softball schedule for the week. Two games have been postponed, one game have been rescheduled and two more contests are pending.
March 22, 2013
Dawgs Power Past Bonnies With Home Runs
The Butler softball team used the long ball to sweep a doubleheader from St. Bonaventure on Friday. Butler won 2-1 in the first game and 6-3 in the nightcap.
March 19, 2013
Two Softball Contests Postponed
The Butler softball team was scheduled to visit Ball State this afternoon and play at IUPUI tomorrow. Both games have been postponed due to the cold weather.
March 15, 2013
Bulldogs Drop Final Florida Game
Junior righthander Brittany MacFawn pitched a complete-game, one-hitter and Albany stopped Butler’s six-game winning streak with a 4-0 decision at the Rebel Games on Friday (March 15). The game was Butler’s final test in Florida.
March 14, 2013
Butler Continues Success Run In Florida
Butler ran its Florida winning streak to six in a row with a pair of victories at the Rebel Games on Thursday, March 14. The Bulldogs defeated Army, 2-0, in their first game of the day and then came back with a 6-2 victory over Wagner in the second contest.
March 12, 2013
Bulldogs Win Two At Rebel Games
Butler continued to receive strong pitching performances and ran its current winning streak to four in a row with a pair of victories at the Rebel Games on Tuesday, March 12. The Bulldogs defeated Lehigh, 2-0, in the first game and then beat North Dakota, 4-2, in the second.
March 11, 2013
Butler Sweeps Pair In Florida
Butler, behind two more strong pitching performances, picked up a pair of wins on the second day of the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Bulldogs defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-0, in their first game of the day, before coming back with another 3-0 victory over Saint Peter's.
March 10, 2013
Butler Drops Two Games In Florida
Despite two strong pitching performances, Butler came up short in its first two contests at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sunday, March 10. The Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision to Akron in the first game in Florida and then fell to Creighton, 3-0, in the second.
March 3, 2013
Bulldogs Fall Twice At SIU Coach B Classic
Butler managed just seven hits on the day and wound up dropping two games in the weather-shortened Coach B Classic, hosted by Southern Illinois University of Sunday, March 3. Northern Illinois edged the Bulldogs, 3-2, in the opener, before Butler fell to host SIU, 9-0, in the nightcap.
March 1, 2013
SIU Tournament Schedule Changed
Due to winter weather, the schedule for the Southern Illinois University Coach B Classic, originally set for March 2-3, has been changed. The tournament now will have three games on Sunday, March 3, and one game on Monday, March 4.
February 24, 2013
Butler Defeats Tennessee State In Tournament Finale
Senior Meaghan Sullivan had three hits and scored a pair of runs and junior Leah Bry turned in a complete game pitching performance to lead Butler to a 7-3 victory over host Tennessee State in the final game of the Tennessee State Tiger Invitational on Sunday (Feb. 24). The Bulldogs finished the tournament with a pair of wins.
February 23, 2013
Butler Splits Two Games In Tennessee
Butler rebounded from a heart-breaking, 1-0, loss to IUPUI to post a convincing, 8-3, victory over Morgan State on the first day of the Tennessee State Tiger Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 23. The victory was the Bulldogs’ first of the young softball season.
February 10, 2013
Butler Falls In Final Georgia Tournament Game
Butler’s bid for its first 2013 softball victory came up short when Missouri State rallied for five runs in its final three innings to take a 5-2 decision on the final day of the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Invitational. The Bulldogs left the three-day tournament in Atlanta, Ga., with an 0-5 record.
February 9, 2013
Bulldogs Drop Two Tournament Games
Two strong pitching performances held Butler in check on the second day of the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational, and the Bulldogs wound up dropping two contests. Co-host Kennesaw State outlasted Butler, 6-2, in the first game and then Eastern Michigan defeated the Bulldogs, 8-0 in five innings, in the second.
February 8, 2013
Butler Falls Twice In Georgia
Butler ran into a pair of strong opponents on the opening day of the 2013 softball season and wound up dropping two games on the first day of the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational. The Bulldogs lost to Eastern Michigan, 6-1, in the first game of the tournament and then fell to host Georgia Tech, 24-4, in five innings.
January 23, 2013
Butler Tabbed Seventh In A-10 Softball Poll
Butler will be chasing the favorites in this year’s Atlantic 10 Conference softball race, according to the preseason poll of the league’s 12 head coaches. The Bulldogs were tabbed seventh in the poll, released by the A-10 office on Tuesday (Jan. 22).
November 18, 2012
Butler Signs Four Softball Recruits
Butler softball coach Scott Hall added both power and pitching to his roster with the signing of four talented players during the NCAA Division I Fall Signing Period. The third-year coach received signed commitments from Brandyce Sallee of Cascade High School (Ind.), Alison Tarrant of Mahomet-Seymour High School (Ill.), Kacey Starwalt of Mattoon High School (Ill.) and Chelsea Norwood of Greenwood High School (Ind.).
November 14, 2012
Bulldogs Take Part In Kids Against Hunger Campaign
The Butler softball squad joined more than 2,000 volunteers at Lucas Oil Stadium Tuesday as part of the second annual Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana's "Million Meal Marathon."
September 26, 2012
Young Bulldogs Thriving In Fall Exhibitions
A young Butler softball team featuring 10 freshmen is 4-1-1 this fall.
September 17, 2012
Kayla Gray To Forego Final Softball Season
Butler fifth-year senior Kayla Gray has decided not to use her final season of softball eligibility. The Butler shortstop, who started 52 games for the Bulldogs last season, will graduate in December.
August 6, 2012
Butler Softball Tryouts On Sept. 7
The Butler softball team will hold an open tryout for students on Friday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m. The tryout for a position on the 2012 Butler squad will be held at the Butler Softball Field.
July 16, 2012
Jenny Esparza Feature
Click here to read a feature story written about Butler pitcher and all-time strikeout leader Jenny Esparza. Written by Michael Van De Voort '13.
July 9, 2012
Butler Softball Camp Cancelled
The Softball All Skills Youth Camp scheduled to be held at Butler University, July 16-18, has been cancelled for this year. The All Skills Youth Camp was the final of three softball camps scheduled to be held at Butler in July.
July 3, 2012
Scott Hall Interview At Notre Dame
Click here to see an interview with Butler softball coach Scott Hall, courtesy of Notre Dame Youth Sports.