March 26, 2005
Senior Maria Marchesano's walk-off, two-run double with one out in the bottom of the seventh gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 game one win in Saturday's doubleheader against Youngstown State at Butler Field in Indianapolis. The Penguins responded with a 6-2 win in the second game. Butler now stands at 10-9 on the season, while YSU is 10-10. The twinbill was the Horizon League opener for both teams.
Freshman Jenny Jacobs led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second. Freshman Ashley Barry reached on an infield single and Marchesano scored both runners with a double to right center, as Barry slid in to narrowly miss the throw.
Youngstown State used two homeruns in the top of the third to jump out to a 3-0 lead before the Bulldogs chipped away with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Jacobs and pinch-hitter Angie Johnson put together back-to-back doubles to score the run in the fifth and Melissa Lemrick knocked in sophomore Jill Meinhold with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. That set the stage for Marchesano's dramatics.
Freshman Nikki Naffziger got the start and allowed three runs in three innings. She was relieved by Jennifer Sundin in the fourth and Jamie Wonderly pitched the last two scoreless innings of relief to pick up her second win of the season. Naffziger pitched out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the top of the first inning, as YSU stranded 10 runners in the game. Jacobs had two of the Bulldogs' five hits.
In the second game, the Penguins got to Butler starter Meghan Howard for four runs in the second inning, highlighted by a Tiffany Patteson two-run double. Wonderly relieved Howard in the second and pitched four quality innings before leaving the game with two outs in the top of the sixth after taking a line drive off her pitching hand.
Butler was able to knock out 11 hits, but stranded 10 runners in the 6-2 loss. Jacobs led off the bottom the second with her third homer of the season and Lynn Hohs singled in freshman Ashley Barry in the bottom of the sixth, but the Bulldogs couldn't take advantage of other opportunities. Barry, Lemrick and JoAnna Gonzalez each had two hits in the second game.
Butler returns to action Tuesday with a doubleheader in Peoria, Ill., against Bradley.