Bulldogs Use Home Runs to Take Doubleheader Split at IPFW
April 15, 2005
Butler rebounded from a 3-2 loss in the first game of a Friday doubleheader with a commanding 9-2 win in the nightcap. Freshman Jenny Jacobs hit a three-run home run to highlight a five-run sixth inning in the second game, as the Bulldogs salvaged a split with IPFW on the way to Horizon League foe Detroit for a weekend series. With the split, Butler is now 17-19, while IPFW stands at 8-27.
Jacobs highlighted a five-run sixth inning with a three-run towering shot over the center field fence. It was Jacobs' seventh dinger of the season, bettering her own Butler single-season mark. Jamie Wonderly, who came on in relief of Butler starter Meghan Howard, helped out her own cause with a solo homer in the 7th inning, as the Bulldogs rolled to the 9-2 win.
Wonderly picked up the win to improve to 5-4 on the season. She allowed one earned run and five hits in 3.2 innings of work. Jacobs had two hits and four RBIs and fellow rookie Amy Hyerczyk knocked in two runs. Some seventh inning heroics gave IPFW a 3-2 game-one win. IPFW mustered just two hits off Butler starter Nikki Naffziger until the bottom of the seventh inning.
With Butler leading 2-0, IPFW's Kari Butler reached on an error before Jenna Beachy promptly launched a two-run shot to left field to tie the game at two.
A walk to Laura Randolph and consecutive singles by Kacie Stone and Natalie Clark loaded the bases for Heather DeVore. DeVore ran the count to 1-1 before laying down a perfect suicide squeeze that ended the ballgame.
Freshman Jenna Connelly picked up the win, going seven complete, striking out two, and walking two. Naffziger, who struck out eight Mastodons, was tagged with the loss to fall to 11-8 on the year.
Butler got out to the 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. With one out, senior Lynn Hohs homered to center field. Sophomore JoAnna Gonzalez then walked and stole second before Melissa Lemrick doubled her in. Freshman Ashley Barry had singles in all three plate appearances in the opener.
The Bulldogs put their 5-2 Horizon League record on the line Saturday with a doubleheader at Detroit. The first pitch is set for 1 p.m. The teams will play a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday as well.