Butler Drops Series Finale To Loyola, 3-2
Loyola's Amy Solava turned in her second consecutive complete-game performance and picked up her second straight victory over Butler, 3-2, in the final game of a three-game Horizon League series at Loyola Softball Park on Sunday (April 19). The win gave the host Ramblers the series, 2-1.
Butler (19-24, 8-9 Horizon League) and Loyola (22-17, 10-5 HL) were deadlocked, 2-2, through three innings. The Ramblers pushed across the decisive run in the bottom of the fourth inning on an infield single, and Solava blanked the Bulldogs for the remainder of the game to pick up her 12th win of the season.
Solava, who tossed a four-hit shutout at the Bulldogs one day earlier, allowed just seven hits in the rain-plagued contest. She picked up back-to-back, one-run decisions over Butler.
Butler starter Breanna Fisher (10-12) was nicked for two runs in the second inning. Loyola's Alexandra Tundnich opened the second frame with her second home run of the series, and the Ramblers added a second run later in the inning when Kristin Guska stole home.
But the Bulldogs tied the game in the third inning on a leadoff single by Erin Jackson and Bridget Paine's two-run, home run over the leftfield fence. It was Paine's fifth home run of the season. Jackson, the league's reigning Scholar-Athlete of the Week, finished the game with two hits.
Fisher, the winner in Butler's 5-3 victory over the Ramblers a day earlier, gave up eight hits in four and two-thirds innings. Junior Kristen Malinkey pitched the final inning and a third and allowed one hit.
Butler will play a non-league doubleheader at IPFW on Tuesday (April 21) before returning to Indianapolis to start a season-ending, five-game homestand with a twinbill against Valparaiso on Wednesday, April 22. The first game of the doubleheader with the Crusaders at the Butler Softball Field is slated for 2 p.m. (ET).