March 29, 2008
Senior Jenny Jacobs celebrated her return to Butler's lineup with a game-winning home run to lead the Bulldogs past UIC, 7-4, in the second game of a Horizon League doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field on Saturday (March 29). The visiting Flames captured the first game, 4-0.
Jacobs, who had missed 18 games because of injury, delivered a two-out, three-run shot over the left-center field fence to cap a four-run rally by the Bulldogs in the bottom of the sixth inning of the nightcap. It was her first home run of the season and the Butler-record 23rd of her career.
Butler (10-12, 2-2 Horizon League) had been playing catchup throughout the second contest. UIC jumped in front with two runs in the first inning, including a leadoff home run by junior Sarah Clynes, before the Bulldogs responded with a lone tally on a run-scoring single by Jen Arriaga in the bottom of the frame.
The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the second inning on the first career home run of freshman Kelli Hahn, but UIC jumped back on top with two runs in the third inning. A run-scoring single by Bridget Paine cut the margin to one run in the fourth inning and set up the game-winning sixth inning rally.
Freshman Erin Jackson opened the decisive inning with an infield single and stole second base. One out later, Paine reached on an error and then Arriaga delivered a run-scoring single to center field to tie the game at 4-4. Junior Lindsay Schluge hit into a fielder's choice, which brought Jacobs to bat with two outs. It was just her sixth at bat since March 1. She jumped on the fourth pitch from relief pitcher Carly DeMarco and gave Butler its first lead in 13 innings against the Flames.
Butler starter Kristen Malinkey gave up a single and a walk to the first two batters she faced in the top of the seventh inning but then settled down retire the next three batters and pick up her fourth win in 10 decisions. Malinkey allowed eight hits and three earned runs in her complete game victory.
UIC (10-21, 1-1 Horizon League) controlled the opener behind Clynes. The junior righthander blanked the Bulldogs on just three hits, while recording her sixth win of the year. She also delivered a leadoff home run in the first inning for the game-winning hit.
Butler and UIC will close the three-game league series with a single game at the Butler Softball Field on Sunday (March 30), starting at 1 p.m.