April 19, 2008
Senior Jenny Jacobs hit her second home run of the season to help lift Butler to a 5-4 victory over Youngstown State in the first game of a Horizon League doubleheader at McCune Park in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday (April 19). The host Penguins won the second game, 1-0, to earn a split on the day.
The Bulldogs (16-22, 5-7 Horizon League) rapped out 11 hits and five runs in the opener, but had to hold off a seventh inning rally by Youngstown State to secure the win. The Penguins scored twice in the final inning to cut Butler's lead to a single run and had the tying run on third when the final out was made on a fly ball to Butler centerfielder Erin Jackson.
Butler fell behind, 2-0, in the first inning, but bounced back to tie the game in the second on a two-run, home run by Jacobs. It was her Butler record 24th career home run.
The Bulldogs then took the lead for good in the fifth inning on a run-scoring single by shortstop Bridget Paine. Sophomore Jen Arriaga added a run-scoring single in the sixth inning, and junior Lindsay Schluge drove in a run in the seventh inning to give Butler a 5-2 advantage.
Sophomore Jennifer Chasteen pitched six and a third innings and picked up her first victory of the season. She gave up five hits and had four strikeouts in the contest. Freshman Lauren Ott came on in the seventh inning to record the final two outs and pick up her first career save.
The second contest turned out to be a pitchers' duel between Butler's Nikki Naffziger and Youngstown State's Cheryl Cale. Naffziger allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out four. But Cale had the upper had with a three-hit shutout.
Youngstown State (7-27, 3-12 HL) scored the game's lone run in the second inning on a wild pitch. Schluge had two hits for the Bulldogs, while Jackson had the other single. Cale (4-5) struck out six and walked none in the complete game performance.
The two teams will play the final game of the three-game league set on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m.