March 16, 2005
Two wins over Bucknell highlighted a 2-1 day for Butler at the Rebel Games in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday afternoon. The Bulldogs saw a number of players contribute, including three freshmen, as the team improves to 8-7 on the season. Freshmen Nikki Naffziger and Jenny Jacobs hit the first home runs of their respective Butler careers, while Amy Hyerczyk won one of the games with a two-run single.
Butler opened up the day by dropping a 3-2 decision to Rider. Naffziger got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs and had nine strikeouts. The freshman also hit her first home run of the season, but allowed two round-trippers to Rider, which accounted for the team's three runs.
The Bulldogs then rebounded with an 8-4 win over Bucknell. Down 4-3 in the top of the sixth, Hyerczyk tripled and then scored on a Naffziger sacrifice fly to knot the score at four. In the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs scored four runs, highlighted by a Hyerczyk two-run single, to take the 8-4 win. Sophomore Jamie Wonderly was the starting pitcher for the Bulldogs and was relieved by Jennifer Sundin and Naffziger. Wonderly then re-entered the game and was actually credited with the win.
Since the Bulldogs already had two games rained out at the Rebel Games, tournament officials scheduled a second match-up between Butler and Bucknell for later in the day Wednesday. Senior Melissa Lemrick ended the game in grand fashion, singling in two runs in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bulldogs the walk-off 5-4 win. Sundin relieved starter Meghan Howard with two outs in the fifth inning and held Bucknell at bay for the rest of the game to earn the win. Jacobs hit a two-run shot in the first inning to get the Bulldog scoring started.
The Bulldogs finish off action in Thursday with games against George Mason (12:30 p.m.) and Colgate (2:20 p.m.). Butler is currently 4-3 at the Rebel Games.