Butler Splits Twinbill With League-Leading Wright State
April 17, 2008
On a day when Butler honored the four senior members of the team, it was freshman Kelli Hahn who delivered the biggest hit to lead the Bulldogs past league-leading Wright State, 6-5, in the first game of a Horizon League doubleheader at the Butler Softball Diamond on Thursday, April 17. Wright State claimed the nightcap, 5-1.
The Bulldogs (15-21, 4-5 Horizon League) rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning in the opener. Walks to Bridget Paine and Lindsay Schluge and an infield single by Erin Jackson loaded the bases with one out. Freshman Lauren Ott then reached on a throwing error by Wright State shortstop Kristen Bradshaw and Paine scored to cut the margin to a single run.
Hahn then stepped to the plate and laced a single into left field, scoring Jackson and Schluge and giving Butler a 6-5 victory. The win snapped Butler's seven-game losing skid.
Senior Amy Hyerczyk led Butler's 10-hit attack with a pair of singles in the game. Junior Alex Boros had Butler's lone extra base hit in the contest, a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Sophomore Kristen Malinkey, who came on in relief of starter Nikki Naffziger in the fourth inning, picked up her fifth win of the season.
Wright State (22-19, 9-3) built a 5-0 lead in the second game, before surrendering a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Senior Jenny Jacobs, who had three hits on the day, drove in Jackson with a single to left field. Malinkey, who started the game for the Bulldogs, suffered her ninth loss of the season.
Prior to the game, Butler paid tribute to the four senior members of the team, Hyerczyk, Jacobs, Naffziger and Kelly Cartwright. The four have helped Butler to 77 wins over the past four seasons, including a school-record 26 wins last year.
The Bulldogs will play their final eight regular season games on the road, beginning with a three-game series at Youngstown State on Saturday (April 19).