Bulldogs Drop Two Games At Miami (Ohio)
OXFORD, OHIO -- Host Miami 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.
The two losses dropped the Bulldogs to 11-16 on the season. Butler will return to Atlantic 10 Conference play with a pair of games at George Washington on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6.
Miami's Halley Reed singled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and the RedHawks scored two runs on the play to pull out a one-run decision over Butler. The finish erased a solid comeback by the Bulldogs and a strong pitching performance by junior Leah Bry.
Trailing 4-3 in the eighth, the RedHawks used a sacrifice bunt to advance Taylor Shuey to third base. Shuey began the inning on second base under the international tie-breaker. Bry then got Kayla Ledbetter on an infield line drive, before walking Allie Larrabee. Reed followed with a single that scored Shuey, and Shanyn McIntyre, running for Larrabee, rounded the bases with the game-winner when the ball was bobbled in the outfield.
Miami took advantage of three Butler errors to score four unearned runs in the game. Bry had four strikeouts and one walk, while allowing just one earned run in seven-and-two-thirds innings. She limited the RedHawks to seven hits.
Butler rebounded from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of runs on doubles by Krosley Ogden, Cassie Rupel and Kristen Boros in the third inning. The Bulldogs then took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning on a run-scoring single by Ogden.
Miami tallied a third unearned run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3. That's the way the score remained at the end of seven innings, setting up the tie-breaker. Meaghan Sullivan began the eighth inning on second base and advanced to third on Carrie Tveita's fielders' choice. Megan Gray followed with a bunt single to plate Sullivan with the go-ahead run.
Rupel led Butler's 11-hit attack in the game with two doubles and a single, while Ogden finished with two hits in four trips to the plate.
The RedHawks broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to complete a sweep in the doubleheader with Butler. Taylor Shuey provided the game-winner with a two-out, bases-loaded triple.
The host squad grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run single by Kayla Ledbetter. But the Bulldogs battled back to tie the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
Maria Leichty provided Butler's first run with a solo home run over the right field fence. It was her first round-tripper of the season. Butler then tied the game one inning later when Riley Carter hit a lead-off double and then scored on a throwing error by Miami's catcher.
Freshman Kristin Gutierrez was tagged for all six Miami runs in five-and-two-thirds innings of work and suffered the loss for the Bulldogs. Rupel led Butler's offense with a two hits in three trips to the plate.