April 23, 2005
Playing in familiar sub-40 degree weather, visiting UW-Green Bay topped the Bulldogs in both games of a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at Butler Field in Indianapolis. The Phoenix won the opener, 10-4, before pulling out a 5-3 win in the second game. UWGB improves to 14-13 (7-3 Horizon League) with the wins, while Butler falls to 18-26 (6-7).
The teams combined for six home runs in the opener. Butler senior Lynn Hohs started the Home Run Derby with a shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the second. It was her second homer of the season. UWGB responded with two solo shots in the top of the third. Kate Sullivan and Jenny Rehfeldt started the inning by hitting consecutive dingers.
Butler scored a single run in the bottom of the third to tie the game. JoAnna Gonzalez singled to start the inning and was sacrificed to second. With two outs, Amy Hyerczyk doubled her in. Butler re-took the lead, 3-2, in the bottom of the fifth when Hyerczyk doubled in pinch-runner Angie Johnson.
But the Phoenix would fight back, using four hits, including a two-run home run by starting pitcher Stephanie Hansen, to score three runs in the sixth. UWGB added five runs on three hits, an error and two walks in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Cori Thiermann did the most damage with a two-run home run.
Butler starter Nikki Naffziger took the loss for the Bulldogs, falling to 12-12 on the year. She allowed eight hits and five runs - four earned - in 5.2 innings. She fanned five Phoenix batters. Jamie Wonderly came on in relief for the final 1.1 innings.
Senior Andrea Walker homered for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the sixth. It was her first home run of the season. Gonzalez went 3-for-3 for the Bulldogs, while Hyerczyk and Hohs each had two hits. Butler had 10 hits in the game, two shy of UWGB's total.
Hansen allowed 10 hits and four runs in seven innings to improve to 4-5 on the year. Every spot in the UWGB line-up had at least one hit. Sullivan was one of three Phoenix players with two base-knocks.
The nightcap saw a 1-1 game turn interesting in the seventh. UWGB put together an unearned run in the top of the second before a Gonzalez RBI single in the bottom of the third tied the score. Gonzalez's single was the Bulldogs' only hit over the first six innings.
The Phoenix got to Butler starter Meghan Howard for four runs in the top of the seventh, capitalizing on seven hits. Butler then came to bat in the bottom of the frame, down 5-1. Hyerczyk led off with a single before freshman Jenny Jacobs sent her eighth home run of the season over the left field fence. UWGB starter Kristin Kosobucki then retired to the next three batters to seal the 5-3 win.
Howard allowed 11 hits and five runs - four earned - in her seven innings. She was able to overcome four walks and four wild pitches. She falls to 0-7 on the season. Butler used four walks to score its three runs, as the Bulldogs only had two hits.
Kosobucki struck out four Bulldogs to improve to 6-3 on the season.
The teams meet for the series finale Sunday at 11 a.m.
Notes: Butler five seniors - Lynn Hohs, Melissa Lemrick, Maria Marchesano, Jess Stephens and Andrea Walker - were honored prior to the game, as the contest was the last Saturday home tilt...Hyerczyk also had two hits in both games of Thursday's doubleheader at Miami (Ohio)...All five seniors started in the first game.