Bulldogs Drop Two Games At Dayton

DAYTON, OHIO -- 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.

Dayton (10-13) broke a 1-1 tie in the first game with a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning.  The big blow in the inning was a three-run, home run over the left field fence by outfielder Kathleen Maloof.  It was her third hit in three trips to the plate and gave her four runs batted in for the contest.

Butler (10-14) had tied the game in the fourth inning on Devin Dearing's run-scoring infield single.  The Bulldogs added two more runs in the top of the seventh, but the game ended before the tying run could reach the plate.

Senior Jenny Esparza limited the Flyers to a single run on three hits through the first four innings, before giving way to freshman Kristin Gutierrez, who suffered the loss.  Dearing had two of Butler's four hits in the game.

The Bulldogs unleashed a 12-hit attack in the second contest, but Dayton countered with the long-ball.  Natalie Mariano and Kasi Vazquesz each homered in the first inning to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead, and Dana Trotta added a solo home run in the second.  Mariano finished Dayton's scoring with her second home run of the game in the fifth inning.

Riley Carter singled to drive in Megan Gray with Butler's first run in the top of the second, and Butler added two more runs in the sixth.  Gray drove in the first with a single, and she later scored the second on a hit by Krosley Ogden.

Ogden, Gray, Maria Leichty and Krista Hakola each had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.  Leichty, Hakola and Kristen Boros each slugged a double in the contest.

Freshman Taylor Lockwood surrendered the three runs in the first inning, and she suffered the loss in the game.  Junior Leah Bry limited Dayton to two runs over the final five-and-two-thirds innings.

The Bulldogs will have a rare open weekend, before returning to action with a single game at home against IUPUI.  That contest at the Butler Softball Field wills start at 4 p.m.