Butler Ends Season On A Winning Streak
SOLID FINISH: 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. The four wins lifted Butler to 11-9 in A-10 play, but left the Bulldogs one-half game shy of a berth in the A-10 Tournament. Overall, the Bulldogs posted a 22-24 record, including wins in 20 of their final 33 contests. Senior pitcher Jenny Esparza sparkled on the final weekend of the regular season, picking up wins in three of the four road games. She pitched a complete-game, three-hitter to beat Massachusetts in the first game of the four-game set and then combined with freshman Kristin Gutierrez on a 2-0 shutout of the Minutewomen in the second game. The Butler righthander then closed out her collegiate career with a complete-game, two-hitter to defeat Rhode Island, 8-1. The weekend effort earned Esparza A-10 Pitcher of the Week honors.
Butler had a winning conference record for the third straight year.
ALL-CONFERENCE: Butler pitchers Jenny Esparza and Kristin Gutierrez were among 33 players named to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Softball All-Conference Team. Esparza, who completed her senior season with a 7-5 record and a 1.92 earned run average, was chosen to the 11-player All-Conference Second Team, while Gutierrez, who posted a 3.99 earned run average, was selected to the conference All-Rookie Team.
SENIOR SUCCESS: Seniors Jenny Esparza, Devin Dearing, Meaghan Sullivan and Devin Brierly closed out their collegiate careers as the second-winningest senior class in Butler softball history. The four seniors helped Butler to 115 wins during their four seasons, including a school-record 36 wins in 2010. The 115 wins trail only the 119 victories by last year's senior class.
BULLDOG BITS: Senior Jenny Esparza, finished her career as Butler's all-time leader in wins (49) and strikeouts (789). She also set a Butler all-time record with a career 1.47 earned run average...Jenny Esparza finished second in the A-10 in earned run average in 2013 with a 1.92 mark...Butler led the A-10 in pitching in conference games only with a 2.04 team earned run average. The Bulldogs boasted three of the top four pitchers in the league against conference foes - 2. Kristin Gutierrez (1.83), 3. Leah Bry (2.04) and 4. Jenny Esparza (2.04)...Senior Meaghan Sullivan wound up leading the Bulldogs in hitting in 2013 with a .362 batting average... Sophomore Kristen Boros topped the squad in doubles (9), home runs (6) and runs batted in (24), while batting .305 in 44 games.