Wright State Ousts Butler, 7-5, from Horizon League Tournament
May 13, 2005
Fighting to keep its season alive, Butler mounted a three-run fifth inning rally in a rain-delayed game against Wright State Friday in the consolation bracket of the Horizon League Championships in Green Bay, Wis. However, it wasn't enough as the Raiders posted a 7-5 win over the Bulldogs, ending Butler's 2005 campaign at 19-33. Wright State, and its 15-19 record, advances in the tournament.
Freshman Jenny Jacobs got the Bulldogs on the board first with a two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the first inning. It was her Butler single-season record ninth of the season. She added an RBI single in the Bulldogs' three-run fifth.
Wright State scored a single run in the second inning and three runs in the third to take the lead for good. The Raiders used four hits and a Butler error to score three unearned runs in the third. That inning proved to be the difference.
Both teams had to wait for the conclusion of the game, as a long rain delay halted things in the fifth inning. Butler came out in the bottom of the fifth and scored three runs, aiding in large part to the first three batters reaching on walks. Wright State responded with an insurance run in the seventh to push the lead to 7-5.
Junior Meghan Howard got the start for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs (but only one earned) in 2.2 innings of work. She took the loss (0-11). Freshman Nikki Naffziger came on in relief and allowed three runs in 4.1 innings in the circle.
Amanda Cody allowed just two hits in four innings, but her seven walks contributed to all five Butler runs. She got the win to improve to 6-13. Jessica Lander came on for the final three innings and got the save.