April 11, 2009

Butler Sweeps Doubleheader From Green Bay

Butler combined a potent offense with two strong pitching performances to sweep visiting Horizon League foe Green Bay in a doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field on Saturday, April 11. The Bulldogs captured the opener, 6-1, and then took the nightcap, 8-0 in five innings.

Four Butler players combined for six home runs in the two games. Freshman Erin Falkenberry hit her eighth home run of the season in the first game and then tied the Butler single season record by clubbing her ninth round-tripper in the second contest. Senior Alex Boros also slugged a pair of home runs, collecting her third of the season in the opener and her fourth in the second contest.

Junior Bridget Paine picked up her fourth home run of the season and senior Lindsay Schluge belted her second of the year in the nightcap.

The offensive outburst more than supported the solid pitching of freshman Breanna Fisher and sophomore Lauren Ott. Fisher went the distance in the first game, allowing just one run on six hits. She had five strikeouts and no walks, while improving to 8-11 on the season. Ott blanked the Phoenix on six hits in the second contest, chalking up four strikeouts and no walks. It was her fifth win in 11 outings.

Butler took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning in the opener on a sacrifice fly by Schluge and a run-scoring single by sophomore Erin Jackson. The Bulldogs added three runs in the fifth frame on a two-run, home run by Falkenberry and a solo shot by Boros and then scored the final run on a single by Boros in the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs then exploded for eight runs in four innings in the second game, all coming on home runs. Butler scored five times in the second inning on a three-run, home run by Schluge and a two-run shot by Boros. Falkenberry had a solo home run in the third inning and Paine finished the day with a two-run shot in the fourth.

Butler had 20 hits in the two games with Boros collecting four and Falkenberry and Paine each adding three.

The two league foes will conclude the three-game league series with a single game on Easter Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.