April 8, 2005
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.