April 21, 2005
Butler and Miami (Ohio) got caught up in a pitchers' duel in the first game of a non-league doubleheader Thursday afternoon before the RedHawks used a come-from-behind win in the nightcap to take a sweep in Oxford, Ohio. Miami won a 1-0 first game and 7-2 second-game decision to improve to 28-19 on the season. Butler falls to 18-24.
Sophomore Jamie Wonderly (5-5) allowed just five hits in the first game against the RedHawks, but was the hard-luck loser as Miami used an unearned run to win a 1-0 decision. Miami's first-inning run came when senior Jackie Poggendorf scored on a throwing error by Butler first baseman Amy Hyerczyk. Poggendorf knocked a one-out double to center and took third on sophomore Leslie Macedo's single. When Hyerczyk tried to get Poggendorf at third on the throw, it sailed wide and Poggendorf scored.
RedHawks' starter Courtney Salmon (11-8) would make it stand up, striking out seven Bulldogs and allowing just three hits. Butler still managed to advance a runner to second base on four separate occasions, but couldn't push a run across.
Hyerczyk had two of the Bulldogs' three hits. Butler played without third baseman Melissa Lemrick, who missed her first action of the spring. The team did get catcher Jess Stephens back in the field. She served as the team's flex player in the first game.
With both pitchers dominant in the circle, the opening game took just an hour and 15 minutes.
Sophomore Jill Meinhold sent her second home run of the season down the right field line in the second inning to stake the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead in game two. Hyerczyk doubled in sophomore JoAnna Gonzalez in the top of the third to put the Bulldogs ahead, 2-0.
Miami answered in the bottom of the third when Macedo hit a bases-loaded double to right center to give the RedHawks a 3-2 lead. Miami scored a single run in the fourth off Butler starter Nikki Naffziger. Naffziger fanned five RedHawks in her four innings of work.
Wonderly relieved Naffziger (12-11) in the fifth and allowed four runs - three earned - in two innings of work. Hyerczyk had two of the Bulldogs' five hits to lead the way. The RedHawks countered with nine base-knocks.
Miami's Christine Bills got the start and allowed both Butler runs before being replaced by Poggendorf. She allowed just one hit in 4.2 innings of work to improve to 17-11.
The Bulldogs return to action over the weekend, hosting Horizon League rival UW-Green Bay in a doubleheader Saturday (1 p.m.) and a single game Sunday (11 a.m.).