Butler Drops Two Narrow Decisions At Valparaiso

April 22, 2008

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On an afternoon dominated by strong pitching, Valparaiso hurlers Andrea Zappia and Stephanie Kelly grabbed the spotlight and led the host Crusaders to back-to-back 2-0 victories over Butler in a Horizon League doubleheader at the VU Softball Field on Tuesday, April 22. The two losses dropped Butler to 16-25 on the year and 5-10 in league play.

Zappia (15-5) was nearly flawless on the afternoon. She allowed just one Butler hit in 10 innings of work, while picking up victories in both games. She tossed a one-hit shutout in the opener and then pitched three scoreless innings to pick up a second win in the nightcap. She had eight strikeouts and no walks in the two games. Kelly pitched the first four innings of the second game and allowed just two hits. The two wins lifted Valparaiso to 26-13 overall and into first place in the Horizon League with an 8-2 record.

The Crusaders scored single runs in the first inning and the fifth inning off of Butler starter Jennifer Chasteen to claim the first game. Chasteen (1-4) allowed just five hits and one earned run in six innings of work. She had two strikeouts and two walks.

The second game was scoreless through five innings, before the Crusaders broke through with two runs against Butler starter Kristen Malinkey in the bottom of the sixth inning. Malinkey (5-11) allowed just two hits and one earned run through five innings of work. Senior Nikki Naffziger pitched one inning and gave up just one hit, while striking out three.

Junior Alex Boros had Butler's lone hit in the opener, while senior Jenny Jacobs and freshman Lauren Ott came up with singles in the second contest.

Butler will close out the regular season with a three-game series at Green Bay on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27.