Dominant Pitching, Timely Hitting Sends Bulldogs Past Flyers In Twin-Bill

Indianapolis, Ind. - Lauren Ott and Breanna Fisher both tossed complete game two-hitters while the Butler bats picked up seven hits of its own in each contest as the Bulldogs rolled to a pair of convincing victories over visiting Dayton on Thursday (March 26) afternoon, topping the Flyers 6-1 in the opener and 3-0 in the night-cap.

Ott worked the opening contest and held the Flyers to just one run on two hits while striking out four over seven innings. Fisher followed up the effort by fanning seven and yielding two hits in shutting out Dayton for seven frames.

Erin Falkenberry provided the Bulldogs all the offense they would need with one swing of the bat in the second inning, belting a two-run home run over the fence in straight-away right field. Butler picked up another run in the frame after Paige Ashton scored on a fielding error before Erin Jackson tripled and scored on a fielding miscue in the third to go up 4-0.

Falkenberry delivered the final punch on offense in the fourth, ripping a two-run double to the gap in right center that plated Lauren McNulty and Rachel Brummer to put the Bulldogs up 6-0.

Ott, meanwhile, held the Flyers hitless through the first three frames and scoreless until the fifth, when Dayton picked up its lone run of the game on and RBI bunt.

Six different Bulldogs accounted for their six runs, while Falkenberry was responsible for driving in four of them.

In the finale, Butler jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first after Jackson singled up the middle, stole second and third and sprinted home on a wild pitch.

It would be all the scoring Fisher would need, as the freshman right-hander went the first 4 2/3 innings without allowing a hit en route to a complete game shut-out.

Butler added a pair of runs in the fifth, as Bridget Paine roped an RBI double to center before McNulty lined a run-scoring single to left.

Paine and Alyssa Coleman each finished with two hits in the game.

Butler returns to action on Saturday (March 28) when it opens a three-game series at Detroit beginning with a double-header at 1:00 p.m.