Rallies Come Up Short as Butler Drops Doubleheader at Detroit
April 16, 2005
Butler dropped a doubleheader at Horizon League opponent Detroit Saturday afternoon, falling in the first game, 7-4, before losing the nightcap, 4-3. The Bulldogs tried to rally in the top of the seventh in both contests, but came up short. After the twinbill, Detroit improves to 14-14 and 5-2 in Horizon League play, while the Bulldogs fall to 17-21 (5-4).
Butler jumped out to an early lead in the first game with three runs in the top of the first inning. Freshmen Amy Hyerczyk and Ashley Barry knocked in the three runs with back-to-back hits with one out in the frame.
Butler starter Nikki Naffziger held the Titans at bay until the bottom of the third inning when Kristin Martin hit a three-run home run to left to tie the game at three. The Titans followed with two runs in the fourth and single scores in the fifth and sixth. Butler tried to mount a rally in the top of the seventh, but could push across only one run for the 7-4 final.
Naffziger took the loss for the Bulldogs, going 3.1 innings. She struck out seven of the 10 Titans she retired. Sophomore Jamie Wonderly entered in the fourth and allowed two runs in 2.2 innings. For Detroit, Anna Ollgaard scattered 11 Butler hits in her complete game win.
In the second game, Detroit got on the board first with a single run in the second inning. Butler responded with a run in the fourth when senior Lynn Hohs singled in Wonderly. The Titans got a run in the fifth and two unearned runs in the sixth off Butler starter Meghan Howard to take a 4-1 lead.
Butler rallied with two runs in the top of the seventh when Hyerczyk delivered a two-out, two-run single. Detroit reliever Lisa Ferguson then got the final out.
Howard allowed only two earned runs in five-plus innings of work, but took the loss. Ferguson got the win for the Titans.
The teams finish off the three-game series Sunday with a 1 p.m. (ET) first pitch. Butler returns home to host league foe UIC in a single game Tuesday afternoon.