March 29, 2005
Freshman Nikki Naffziger allowed just one run in 10 innings of work Tuesday at Bradley, but the Butler offense couldn't get a runner across the plate, losing 1-0 and 4-0 decisions in the doubleheader in Peoria, Ill. Bradley improves to 8-12 with the two wins, while the Bulldogs fall to 10-11.
Naffziger pitched six innings of four-hit, one-run ball in the first game, striking out eight Braves. However, she was out-done by Bradley's Brittany Dehler. She pitched out of several jams in the opener as Butler left six runners on base in the first three innings. Dehler settled down and didn't surrender another Butler hit until the top of the seventh inning. She notched her first shutout of the season, striking out four and walking four in the complete game win, while evening her record at 4-4. Naffziger fell to 7-4.
Naffziger, Jill Meinhold, Melissa Lemrick and Amy Hyerczyk had the four hits for the Bulldogs. Three of those hits were lead-off singles, but the Bulldogs couldn't manufacture a run. Naffziger led off the seventh with a single and pinch-runner Jamie Wonderly was sacrificed to second, but the Bulldogs couldn't get her in with two chances for an RBI.
The Braves scored the only run of the game in the bottom half of the second inning. Junior Joanna Pettit drew a walk to lead off the inning and pinch runner Bethany Till moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Elizabeth Wilson knocked in Till from second with a single up the middle to give Bradley a 1-0 lead. Wilson accounted for two of Bradley's four hits in the game, going 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Bradley jumped out to an early lead in the second game, plating three runs in the first inning off Butler starter Jennifer Sundin. Freshman Molly Bergeson led off the inning with a single and the Braves had runners at first and second after a Butler error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Till. Pettit belted a one-out double to right center that scored Bergeson and Till. Wilson followed with a single up the middle that scored Pettit from second to give Bradley a 3-0 lead.
The Braves added an insurance run in the third inning. Freshman Jessie Musgrove led off the frame with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Pinch runner Christine Cooney advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt and eventually scored on a wild pitch to give Bradley a 4-0 lead. Sundin (1-2) left after the second inning, with three of her four runs allowed being earned.
Freshman Rebecca Bishop scattered four Butler singles in her second complete game of the season. She struck out four and walked none in her first complete game shutout as she improved to 3-5 on the season. Naffziger relieved Sundin and allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings of work. Butler's four hits came from freshman Jenny Jacobs (two), Meinhold and Emma Cahill.
The Bulldogs return to action Thursday, hosting Bellarmine in a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m. at Butler Field.