Bulldogs Can't Hold 2-0 Lead, Fall to UWGB in Nine Innings
April 24, 2005
Visiting UW-Green Bay used a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game before winning a nine-inning contest, 3-2, Sunday morning in the series finale against Butler at Butler Field in Indianapolis. Freshman Nikki Naffziger went the distance for the Bulldogs, but took the loss. The Phoenix improves to 15-13 overall and 8-3 in Horizon League play, while the Bulldogs drop their season-high sixth straight to fall to 18-27 (6-8).
Butler opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when designated player Angie Johnson led off with a double to left. After two outs, Johnson found her way home on a UWGB wild pitch. Sophomore Jill Meinhold then doubled and was brought in by a double by second baseman JoAnna Gonzalez.
The scored stayed 2-0 until the top of the fourth when Michelle Kaminski's pop-up got caught in the wind and fell between Butler shortstop Maria Marchesano and left fielder Jenny Jacobs. She was doubled in by Katie Groshek to pull the Phoenix within one, 2-1.
Naffziger held UWGB scoreless for the next two innings before walking Kate Sullivan to lead off the seventh. After being sacrificed to second, Rebekah Oestreich doubled her in to tie the game. Butler had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the frame, but couldn't push the winning run across.
A two-out rally in the top of the ninth proved to be the game-winner as Oestreich once again doubled in a run.
Naffziger fanned seven UWGB batters, but took the loss to fall to 12-13 on the year. She allowed nine hits and three runs. Butler had six hits, including four doubles. Gonzalez and Johnson each had two hits.
Oestreich had four hits in her five trips to the plate to lead the Phoenix. Lisa Meissner got the win in the circle, striking out nine Bulldogs to improve to 5-5 on the year.
The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday with a doubleheader at Horizon League rival UIC. Butler returns home Wednesday to host Indiana State in the team's final home doubleheader.
Notes: Butler squandered leads in all three games of the weekend series against UW-Green Bay...Sunday's game took 2 hours and 26 minutes...The weekend series between the two teams was the only weekend Horizon League action, as the other three series were cancelled due to bad weather...Butler again played without third baseman Melissa Lemrick. Senior Andrea Walker handed off catching responsibilities to freshman Ashley Barry and played third.