Early Leads Give Loyola Doubleheader Sweep of Butler
April 30, 2005
Butler dropped both ends of a Horizon League doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Loyola, falling 7-6 in the first game and 4-2 in the nightcap. Butler's effort was highlighted by senior Andrea Walker, who hit a two-run homer in the first game. After the twinbill, Loyola stands at 17-27 overall and 8-5 in league play. Butler is 18-31 (6-12).
Every Butler position player had a hit in the first game, as Butler scored four runs in the fifth and two runs in the top of the sixth. The problem is that Loyola went out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Loyola's two runs in the bottom of the fifth proved to be too much.
Junior Meghan Howard allowed all seven runs (five earned) to take the loss and fall to 0-9 on the season for Butler. Mia Pangere (7-8) picked up the win for Loyola.
Designated player Ashley Barry had two of the team's five hits in the second game. Loyola had five hits as well, but got four of them in the third inning to post four runs. Butler scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but couldn't overcome the early deficit.
Katie Schupbach got the win in the second game after saving the opener. Her complete game improved her record to 5-10 on the season. Freshman Nikki Naffziger (12-15) took the loss for Butler, allowing just one earned run in six innings of work.
The Bulldogs will look to snap a season-high 10-game losing streak Sunday in a 1 p.m. tilt with the Ramblers. The game is the regular season finale for the Bulldogs.