Butler unleashed two big second inning outbursts and captured two come-from-behind victories over visiting Indiana State in a non-league doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field on Wednesday (April 15). The Bulldogs won the opener, 13-9, and then took the nightcap, 8-7.
Offensive carried the day for the Bulldogs. The 13 runs in the first game matched Butler's single game high this year, while the 21 runs in the two games were a season-high for a doubleheader. Butler pounded out 24 hits on the day, including eight extra base hits. Eight Butler players hit safely in the first game and all nine starters collected a hit in the second.
Indiana State (11-21) jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opener, but the Bulldogs answered with nine runs on six hits in the bottom of the second inning. Senior Alex Boros had a two-run single, freshman Mallory Winters had a two-run double and junior Bridget Paine had a two-run triple in the inning. Freshman Erin Falkenberry capped the rally with a two-run, home run, her school-record 10th of the season.
Butler (18-22) scored a single run on an error in the third inning and then added three more runs on four hits in the sixth. Junior Kristen Malinkey, who came on in relief of starter Breanna Fisher in the second inning, limited the Sycamores to two solo home runs by Audrey Childress through the sixth inning and then held off a seventh inning rally to claim her third win of the season.
The Sycamores jumped in front in the second game on a three-run, home run by Alyssa Marcum in the first inning. But the Bulldogs again responded in the second inning with seven runs. Junior Annie Dolan sparked the rally with a three-run, home run, while Falkenberry added a two-run double. Boros and senior Lindsay Schluge each had run-scoring singles in the key inning.
The Bulldogs scored their final run in the fifth inning on a leadoff triple by Paine and a sacrifice fly by freshman Alyssa Coleman. Indiana State chipped away at Butler starter Lauren Ott with two runs in the third inning and single runs in the fourth and sixth frames, before Fisher came on in relief and closed out the win.
Ott improved to 6-6 on the year, while Fisher picked up her second career save. Falkenberry finished the day with four hits and six runs batted in, while sophomore Erin Jackson, freshman Lauren McNulty and Paine each added three hits. Ten different Butler player had a hit on the day.
The Bulldogs will return to Horizon League play with a three-game series at Loyola, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 18.