April 2, 2008
Louisville, Ky. - The Butler bats rapped out 23 hits while the pitching staff held host Bellarmine to just one run over 12 innings as the Bulldogs rolled to a double-header sweep of the Knights, 5-1 and 8-0, on Wednesday (April 2) afternoon.
With the wins, the Bulldogs improve to 13-13 on the year.
Butler had to play comeback in the opening contest, as Bellarmine staked itself to a 1-0 lead thanks to a sacrifice fly in the third.
The Butler offense, meanwhile, got things going in the fourth. Jen Arriaga led off the frame with a single before taking second on a sacrifice bunt. Jenny Jacobs followed with a single to short before Ott reached after being hit by a pitch to load the bases for Amy Hyerczyk, who cleared them with a double to right to put the Bulldogs in front 3-1.
Butler would add a run in the fifth on an RBI double by Lindsay Schluge before tallying one more in the sixth on a wild pitch.
Arriaga, Jacobs and Bridget Paine each finished with two hits in the game, with Arriaga scoring two of the runs.
In the second game, Butler jumped for four runs on five hits in the first inning before running away for an 8-0, five-inning victory.
After Hyerczyk and Erin Jackson started the frame with back-to-back singles, Paine followed with an RBI single up the middle to bring Hyerczyk across. A double by Jacobs and a single by Arriaga brought in two more runs in before an error at first base scored the fourth of the inning.
Butler added a run in the second on an RBI single by Jacobs before a three-run home run by Schluge in the fourth put the game out of reach.
Jacobs went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Hyerczyk, Jackson and Paine added two hits each.
Nikki Naffziger went the distance, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out nine in 5.0 innings.
Butler returns to action on Saturday (April 5) when it heads to Cleveland State for a double-header beginning at 1:00 p.m.