April 9, 2005

Freshmen Come up Big in Doubleheader Split with IUPUI

April 8, 2005

Box Score

Freshman Jenny Jacobs hit her fifth home run of the season, besting the previous Butler single-season record and rookie Nikki Naffziger threw a two-hit shutout as the Bulldogs and visiting IUPUI split a doubleheader Friday afternoon at Butler Field in Indianapolis. Naffziger went the distance in a game one 1-0 win before the Jaguars rebounded with a 4-3 decision in game two. After the contests, Butler is 14-15 on the year, while IUPUI is 11-16.

Naffziger allowed just two hits and a walk in seven innings of work in the first game, striking out eight Jaguars. The shutout improves her to 10-5 on the season. Junior Angie Johnson gave her all the offense she needed in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the frame with a shot over the left field fence. Naffziger and the Butler defense, highlighted by an over-the-shoulder catch by senior shortstop Maria Marchesano in the top of the third, made the run stand.

Jacobs sent a three-run shot over the center field fence in the bottom of the first to stake the Bulldogs and starter Jamie Wonderly to a 3-0 lead. It was Jacobs' fifth longball of the season, setting a new single-season mark for the Bulldogs.

IUPUI responded with two runs in the top of the second and single runs in the fourth and the sixth to take the 4-3 win. Wonderly pitched all seven innings and allowed all four runs, but only three were earned. She falls to 3-4 on the season. Butler had eight hits to the Jaguars' seven, but couldn't push a run across in the last six at-bats.

Butler returns to action Saturday against Horizon League rival Cleveland State. The teams will play three games over the weekend.