March 5, 2005
The Butler Women's Softball Team went 2-3 as they began the Sycamore Classic at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Indiana this weekend. In the first day of the tournament the bulldogs showed grit and determination to win a defensive battle against their competitors.
In game one of the day, the Butler Bulldogs defeated North Dakota State 1-0. Nikki Naffziger took the mound allowing only three hits and four walks, and none of the runners advanced to score.
The Bulldogs earned seven hits and one run against the NDSU pitcher, Allison Bakke, who played 6.2 innings.
Butler went scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning when Amy Hyerczyk singled to centerfield and was sacrificed to second by Nikki Naffziger. After a pop out and an infield single by Jenny Jacobs, Naffziger was sent home with an infield single by Jess Stephens.
The second game, Butler fell to Northern Illinois University 11-0. In the top of the 4th inning, the Bulldogs allowed 11 hits and 10 runs to NIU. In 3.1 innings of play, Jamie Wonderly allowed 10 hits and nine runs with 20 batters faced. Jennifer Sundin entered the game in the 4th inning to relieve Wonderly. In 1.2 innings, Sundin gave three hits and two runs.
The game was ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
In game three the Bulldogs were matched up against Eastern Illinois University. After seven innings, Butler recorded a 5-3 victory over EIU.
Butler added Senior, Maria Marchesano to the roster for the first time in her college career. The senior played basketball for four years at Butler and now joins the softball roster as an infielder. In her first game, Marchesano recorded one RBI in two at bats.
Starting pitcher for the Bulldogs was Meghan Howard who played 1.2 innings. Howard allowed five hits and two runs for 10 batters. Nikki Naffziger entered the game in the 2nd inning as relief pitcher. Naffziger played a solid game, allowing seven hits and only one runner to cross home plate.
The EIU Panthers scored one run for each of the first three innings of play. EIU could not hold the Bulldogs during the second inning where they earned three runs.
The Tournament continues Sunday, March 6th with Butler matched up for a second time with North Dakota State and Eastern Illinois Universities.