Young Guns Lead Bulldogs to 2-1 Win Over CSU in Series Finale
April 10, 2005
Butler finished off its weekend series with visiting Cleveland State by taking a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon at Butler Field. Freshman Jenny Jacobs had hits in all three of her plate appearances and rookie Nikki Naffziger allowed just one unearned run as the Bulldogs improve to 16-16 overall and 5-2 in Horizon League play. CSU falls to 6-18 (1-2). Butler took two of three in the series.
Naffziger gave up just five hits to the Vikings. The freshman right-hander struck out five batters to improve to 11-6 on the season. Naffziger, the reigning Horizon League "Pitcher of the Week," posted a 0.78 earned run average in her four starts this week. Sunday's game was her 12th complete game in 15 starts.
Butler did all its damage in the bottom of the first. Sophomore JoAnna Gonzalez led off by reaching on a CSU error. She went to second on a groundout by Maria Marchesano and scored on Melissa Lemrick's single to left center. Jacobs then knocked in Lemrick with her first of three singles on the afternoon. Freshman Amy Hyerczyk singled to left field to chase CSU starter J.J. Thornberry. Grace Luginbuhl came on in relief and got out of the inning and then kept the Bulldogs at bay for the rest of the game.
Cleveland State plated its only run in the top of the fifth scoring on a Butler throwing error with two outs in the inning. The Vikings advanced a runner to second base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Naffziger squashed both rallies to preserve the win.
Butler had 10 hits in the game, but stranded eight runners. The three freshmen in Butler's lineup - Jacobs, Hyerczyk and Ashley Barry - combined for seven hits in eight plate appearances.
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday with a doubleheader at Dayton. Butler does not play at home again until Tuesday, April 19 when Horizon League foe UIC travels south for a single game.
NOTES: Jacobs has hits in six of her last seven trips to the plate. She leads the team with a .345 batting average...Sunday's game was the 15th one-run game for the Bulldogs, who are now 8-7 in those contests...Butler's 16 wins already match the team's total from last season...Gonzalez and Jacobs are each hitting .385 in Horizon League contests, while Lemrick is just behind with a .381 mark...Marchesano, who is usually good for one defensive highlight a game, tracked down a pop to short left field in the top of the fourth, one day after making an over-the-shoulder grab on a pop to center field...catcher Andrea Walker gunned down one of two Vikings trying to steal Sunday. Butler, as a team, is throwing out 38 percent of attempted base-stealers on the year.