April 16, 2008
Indiana State turned to the long-ball to pull out two narrow victories over visiting Butler in a non-league doubleheader at Price Field in Terre Haute on Wednesday (April 16). The host Sycamores won the opener, 3-2, and then captured a come-from-behind, 6-5 decision in the nightcap.
Home runs decided both games in the doubleheader. In the opener, Indiana State (16-20-1) took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning on back-to-back solo home runs by Lindsey Starwalt and Meredith Simpson. That proved to be all the run support pitcher Meagan McCurdy needed, while recording her 10th win of the season.
The second game went right to the bottom of the seventh inning. The Sycamores trailed, 5-3, in the final frame, before mounting a three-run rally. The decisive blow was a two-run, walk-off home run off the bat of Sam Markowski.
Butler (14-20) managed just four hits in the first game, but scratched out a pair of runs. Sophomore Bridget Paine scored both Butler runs, the first on a passed ball and the second on an error by the Sycamores. Butler starter Nikki Naffziger turned in a solid performance on the mound, limiting the Sycamores to five hits while striking out eight in six innings.
The Bulldogs jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second game on a three-run home run by junior Alex Boros in the first inning. Butler eventually stretched that margin to 5-1 in the fifth inning, before the Sycamores rallied for five runs in the final two frames.
Boros led Butler's offensive attack in the nightcap with two hits, a run scored and four runs batted in. Senior Amy Hyerczyk added a pair of hits and a run scored. Sophomore Jennifer Chasteen went the distance on the mound and suffered her third defeat in as many decisions.
The Bulldogs will return to Horizon League play with a doubleheader against Wright State on Thursday, April 18. The first game at the Butler Softball Diamond is slated for 3 p.m. The twinbill will be Butler's final home appearance this season, and Butler's four senior players will be recognized prior to the games.