April 6, 2005
Host Purdue posted a pair of shutout wins over Butler Wednesday afternoon, taking 1-0 and 8-0 decisions in West Lafayette, Ind. Freshman Nikki Naffziger, the reigning Horizon League "Pitcher of the Week," limited Purdue to one run on six hits over six innings in game one, but was the hard-luck loser. The Boilermakers improve to 25-12 with the pair of wins, while Butler falls to 13-14 on the season.
Purdue used a single run in the bottom of the sixth to take game one of the doubleheader, 1-0. Left fielder Staci Falzon led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield and was knocked in by the Boilermakers' DaQueta Johnson two batters later for the lone run of the game.
Naffziger drops to 9-5 on the season. She struck out five Boilermakers. For Purdue, Brooke Baker held the Bulldogs to three hits and a walk, improving to 12-8 on the year with the win.
Butler got hits from Melissa Lemrick, Jenny Jacobs and Andrea Walker in the first game. On four occasions Butler sacrificed a runner to second, but couldn't come up with a two-out hit. In the top of the sixth, pinch-runner Lynn Hohs reached third on a wild pitch after being sacrificed to second, but the Bulldogs failed on two chances to plate her.
In the second game of the twinbill, Purdue and starter Diana LaRiva (8-2) limited the Bulldogs to three hits, but had more success of their own offensively, going on to an 8-0 win in six innings. Sophomore Jamie Wonderly (3-3) allowed the home team just two runs over the first three innings before Purdue broke through for three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Purdue also scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Meghan Howard.
Butler has a quick turnaround, returning to Indianapolis to host IUPUI in a doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Butler then returns to Horizon League play, hosting Cleveland State in a weekend series.