Bulldogs Drop Two Tournament Games
ATLANTA, GA. -- 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.
Amanda Henderson turned in a complete game performance against the Bulldogs in the opener, allowing just two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. The host squad jumped to a 3-0 lead and then added three insurance runs in the sixth frame.
Butler scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Sarah Gronowski opened the inning with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. She scored Butler's first run on a single up the middle by freshman Krosley Ogden.
Ogden scored the Bulldogs' second run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Maria Leichty.
Senior Meaghan Sullivan had two of Butler's six hits in the game. Freshman Kristin Gutierrez, who allowed three runs in five innings of work, suffered her second loss of the young season.
In the second game, Eastern Michigan's Lindsay Rich blanked the Bulldogs on three hits. The Eagles scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third and then closed out the run-shortened game with a five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth.
The marked the 2013 debut of Butler righthander Jenny Esparza, who has sidelined with injury. Esparza pitched the first three innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits. She had six strikeouts in the short stint, but allowed three walks.
Butler (0-4) will conclude play in the tournament with a single game against Missouri State on Sunday, Feb. 10.