April 20, 2008
Catcher Kristen McDonnell had three hits and drove in five runs to lead host Youngstown State to an 8-6 victory over Butler in the final game of a three-game Horizon League series at McCune Park on Sunday (April 20). The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 16-23 on the year and 5-8 in league play.
McDonnell gave Youngstown State (8-27, 4-12 Horizon League) a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run, home run. She added a two-run single in the third inning and then finished with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning. She was perfect in three trips to the plate, and she added a run scored.
The Bulldogs took a brief lead in the top of the third inning with a four-run rally. Junior Alex Boros sparked the rally with a two-run double down the left field line. Sophomore Jen Arriaga picked up a run batted in with a fielder's choice, and junior Linsday Schluge added the other RBI on a fielding error by Youngstown State.
The Penguins answered Butler's four runs with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning to re-take the lead for good. Butler did strike for single runs in the fifth inning on a single by senior Amy Hyerczyk and in the seventh inning on a single by freshman Kelli Hahn.
Hyerczyk, Hahn and Arriaga each had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs, who matched Youngstown State's eight hits in the game. Butler starter Kristen Malinkey suffered the loss, falling to 5-10 on the season. Cheryl Cale, who tossed a three-hitter against Butler in the second game of the series, came on in relief for the Penguins and picked up her fifth victory in 10 decisions.