April 26, 2005
Butler's losing skid continued Tuesday, as the visiting Bulldogs dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Horizon League-leading UIC in Chicago. The Flames posted 8-1 and 9-6 victories in the twinbill to improve to 34-21 overall and 10-2 in league play. Butler drops its eighth straight to fall to 18-29 (6-10).
In the second game, Butler jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sophomore JoAnna Gonzalez tripled to lead off the game and was singled in by Maria Marchesano. Freshman Amy Hyerczyk then reached on a UIC error. With two outs, Marchesano scored on a wild pitch and then senior Lynn Hohs singled in two more runners to stake the Bulldogs to an early lead.
UIC countered in the bottom half of the inning when Sara Hernandez hit a two-run homer. The Flames' Joyce Cathey hit a solo shot in the second inning to pull the Flames within one, 4-3.
Nobody scored until the bottom of the fourth when UIC took the lead with five runs in the frame. Hernandez did most of the damage with a three-run homer, her second longball of the game. Thanks to a Butler miscue earlier in the inning, all five runs were unearned.
Butler tried to mount a rally, scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Jill Meinhold doubled in two runners with one out. The Flames then made a pitching change and Butler stranded runners at second and third. UIC countered with an insurance run in the bottom of the inning for the 9-6 decision.
Hohs, Marchesano and Andrea Walker each had two hits for Butler, which had nine total. Freshman Nikki Naffziger allowed only three earned runs, but took the loss (12-14), allowing eight hits and eight total runs in four innings in the circle.
Lauren Brennan (2-2) got the win for the Flames, getting help from Brittany McIntyre, who picked up her second save of the season. Hernandez went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, while Cathey had hits in all three of her plate appearances, knocking in two.
In the first game, Butler got on the board first with a run in the top of the third inning. Hohs walked to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second. Walker then doubled to left center to score Hohs and stake the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead.
The Flames answered with a single run in the bottom of the frame. UIC then put up a three-spot in the fourth and scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the 8-1 win.
McIntyre (17-10) limited the Bulldogs to just two hits and struck out four Butler batters. The Flames countered with 12 hits, including a three-run home run by Cathey in the fifth.
Meghan Howard (0-8) took the loss for the Bulldogs. Hyerczyk had a single in the top of the sixth for the Bulldogs' second base-knock.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Indiana State in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Butler Field in Indianapolis. The 2 p.m. start is the last Butler home action of the 2005 campaign.