Jacobs Hits Walk-Off Home Run for 5-4 Win Over CSU Saturday
April 9, 2005
Freshman Jenny Jacobs sent Butler fans home happy Saturday, knocking a 3-2 pitch deep over the fence in left center for a 5-4 walk-off win for Butler in nine innings. The shot was Jacobs' sixth home run of the season, adding to her Butler single-season record. She was 3-for-5 in the second game of the doubleheader. Cleveland State won the first game, 2-1. After the decisions, Butler stands at 15-16 overall and 4-2 in Horizon League contests. CSU is 6-17 (1-1).
In the second game, CSU got on the board first on a two-run double by Grace Luginbuhl in the top of the third inning. Butler responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame when Jacobs countered with a two-run double of her own and senior Andrea Walker singled her in.
Cleveland State tied the game at three with a single run in the top of the fourth, using three walks and a Butler error to score without getting a hit. Butler re-took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Jill Meinhold led off with a double and was sacrificed to third. JoAnna Gonzalez plated her with a single up the middle. CSU answered in the top of the sixth with a lead-off walk and two singles to score the tying run.
The game stayed at 4-4 until Jacobs stepped into the box with two out and no one on in the bottom of the ninth. After fouling off the first two pitches, she fought back to a full count before launching the game-ender.
Sophomore Jamie Wonderly got the win to improve to 4-4 on the season. She pitched all nine innings and overcame six walks. Wonderly allowed just five hits and only three of the Vikings' four runs were earned. Luginbuhl took the loss after entering the game in the bottom of the sixth. Butler had nine hits.
In the first game, freshman right-hander Nikki Naffziger (10-6) allowed the Vikings only six hits in seven innings of work, but two of them went over the fence. Solo home runs by Jackie Cornelius in the top of fourth and Anna Hubert to lead off the top of the fifth accounted for CSU's two runs. Naffziger struck out seven.
Butler scored a run in the bottom of the fifth when senior Maria Marchesano led off with a double down the left field line and scored on a Melissa Lemrick single. It would be the Bulldogs' only time getting to Luginbuhl, who had five strikeouts and gave up just four hits in her seven innings.
The teams return to the diamond in Indianapolis Sunday for the series' deciding game, a 1 p.m. first pitch.
NOTES: Butler has now split all five of its home doubleheaders this season...eight of the nine runs scored in the second game Saturday came with two outs. Gonzalez's RBI single with one out in the bottom of the fourth was the only exception...Naffziger's ERA on the year is now at 1.99...Walker's RBI in the second game was her first of the season. She was used as the team's flex player for much of the season with a wrist injury that didn't allow her to swing the bat until the last week...With two more Saturday, Butler has played 14 one-run games already this season. The Bulldogs are 7-7 in those games.