Freshman Breanna Fisher tossed a complete-game, three-hitter to lead Butler to a 3-1 victory over Horizon League foe Youngstown State and a sweep of a doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field on Saturday (April 25). The Bulldogs won the opener, 1-0, behind the combined pitching effort of sophomore Lauren Ott and junior Kristen Malinkey.
Fisher retired the first 12 batters she faced, before allowing a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth inning. She had a no-hitter going through five and two-thirds innings, before surrendering an infield single in the sixth inning. The Penguins added two more hits in the seventh inning, before Fisher closed the door and recorded her 11th win.
The first-year righthander finished with seven strikeouts and just two walks. She faced just 28 batters in the win.
The Bulldogs (23-25, 12-10 Horizon League) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a run-scoring single by junior Bridget Paine. Senior Alex Boros singled home junior Annie Dolan, who had led off the fifth inning with a double to right field, for Butler's second run and freshman Mallory Winters drove in the final run with a single in the sixth frame.
Youngstown State (7-35, 3-16 HL) broke up the shutout in the sixth inning on a one-out walk ro freshman Haley Thomas. A ground-out moved her to second base, and she advanced to third on an infield single by Kim Klonowski, the Penguins' first hit of the game. Thomas then scored when Jordan Ingalls' ground ball handcuffed Butler second baseman Paige Ashton.
Ott (7-7) also turned in a strong pitching performance in the opener, blanking the Penguins on seven hits through six and a third innings. She had two strikeouts and one walk, before giving way to Malinkey with one out in the seventh inning. Malinkey retired both batters that she faced to record her fourth save of the year.
Butler scored the lone run of the contest in the sixth inning on a leadoff single by Boros, a sacrifice bunt by Paine and a run-scoring single by freshman Alyssa Coleman. Youngstown State junior Cheryl Cale, who pitched every inning of both games, limited the Bulldogs to just six hits in the contest, including two by Boros.
Prior to the start of the doubleheader, Butler seniors Lindsay Schluge and Boros were honored for their contributions to the program over the past four seasons. Both are four-year regulars and honor students. Boros is completing her degree in education, while Schluge is wrapping up a degree in finance.
The two league foes will conclude their three-game series at Butler with a single game on Sunday, April 26, at 12 noon.