May 13, 2008
RECORD RE-WRITE: A one-run loss to Loyola at the Horizon League Softball Championship signaled an end to Butler's season, but not before several Bulldogs put their stamp on the Butler softball record book. Seniors Amy Hyerczyk, Jenny Jacobs and Nikki Naffziger and junior Lindsay Schluge combined to record 12 Butler career records during the 2008 campaign. Hyerczyk, who started every game of her collegiate career at Butler, led the way by erasing seven Butler career marks. She set Butler all-time marks for hits (199), runs (83), at bats (593), doubles (48), total bases (283), games played (196) and games started (196). Jacobs, who missed 18 games because of injury, finished as Butler's all-time leader in home runs (25), runs batted in (106) and slugging percentage (.489), while Naffziger wound up as Butler's all-time lead in pitching appearances (107). Schluge, who has one season of eligibility remaining, became Butler's all-time lead in number of time hit by a pitch (11). The four players also own eight Butler single season records. A year ago, Hyerczyk set a Butler mark for hits (60), while tying the school record for doubles (15). She also tied her own school record for total bases (83), set first in 2006. Jacobs set a Butler record for runs batted in (38) last season and the season record for home runs (9) in 2005. Schluge established a season mark for at bats (168) in 2007, while matching the school record for number of times hit by a pitch (5), and Naffziger set the single season record for strikeouts (198) in 2005.
LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: For the second straight year, a final inning home run ended Butler's softball season at the Horizon League Championship. Loyola's Amy Solava launched a two-run, home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead her team to a 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs in a tournament elimination game. A year ago, Butler was knocked out of the league tournament by Cleveland State when Lia Gordon hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Bulldogs fell to Green Bay, 6-0, in the opening game of this year's tournament, before bouncing back with a 3-1 victory over Youngstown State. Sophomore right-hander Jennifer Chasteen turned in a complete game performance on the mound to help lead the Bulldogs past Youngstown State.
ALL-LEAGUE: Senior Amy Hyerczyk was the lone Butler player named to the 2008 All-Horizon League Team, selected by league coaches. Hyerczyk was picked to the all-league team for the third consecutive years, and she earned first team all-league recognition for the second time in her Butler career. She also was a first team all-league selection in 2006, and she earned second team recognition in 2007. The senior first baseman is just the third Butler softball player to earn first team all-league honors twice.
BULLDOG BITS: Butler head coach Jeanne Rayman finished her second season at Butler's helm with 43 career wins. Only Barb Greenburg, who led the Bulldogs to 51 wins in 1981 and 1982, owns more wins in her first two seasons as a Butler softball coach...Senior Amy Hyerczyk led the Bulldogs in hitting in 2008 with a .352 batting average. She became the first player in Butler softball history to lead the Bulldogs in hitting for three consecutive seasons. Hyerczyk had a team-best .333 batting average in 2006 and a team-leading .375 average a year ago...Junior Alex Boros led the Bulldogs in home runs (5) and runs batted in (27) this past season. She also led the team in doubles (9) and had one of the team's two triples. Boros has 12 career home runs in her three seasons with the Bulldogs...Four Butler players - senior Amy Hyerczyk, junior Lindsay Schluge, sophomore Bridget Paine and freshman Erin Jackson - started all 46 Butler games in 2008. Schluge has started every game in her first three seasons with the Bulldogs...Senior Nikki Naffziger topped Butler's pitching staff in wins (7) and strikeouts (101) in 2008. She boosted her career total for victories to 30 and increased her career total for strikeouts to 434. Naffziger finished her career with 488.1 innings pitched.