IUPUI: SOFTBALL HEADS TO NEARBY BUTLER FOR TUESDAY DOUBLEHEADER
March 18, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANAPOLIS – While Tuesday's doubleheader won't serve as the home opener for the IUPUI softball team, it will serve as the first time that the Jags have played in Indianapolis this season as it heads to nearby Butler University to take on the Bulldogs at the Butler Softball Field.
Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and Game 2 is set to begin at 5 p.m.
The Jaguars are coming off a 9-0 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday, which was their first game in 13 days due to inclement weather at their two previous tournament stops. Even though IUPUI managed to hit the field for the first time in nearly two weeks on Saturday, both of its games on Sunday were cancelled, so it will be looking to continue its winning ways on Tuesday against Butler.
"It has been a crazy season so far with the weather, but we have continued to work hard and I thought we played a great game on Saturday in all phases," head coach Amanda Rivera said. "I obviously wish we could have tried to build on that on Sunday, but it will be nice to play close to home for the first time here on Tuesday against a good Butler team."
The Bulldogs have played six more games than the Jaguars and own a 7-15 overall record after playing six games in four days last week in Clearwater, Fla. Collectively, Butler is hitting .234 on the season and it is led offensively by Sarah Gronowski's .339 average. However, the leading run producers for the Bulldogs this season have been a pair of freshmen, Brandyce Sallee and Chelsea Norwood, who have collected 15 and 10 RBI, respectively. In the circle, Butler owns a combined ERA of 3.48.
The Jags are coming off an impressive victory against the Eagles in which the Jaguars bats came alive and produced nine runs on 12 hits in a 9-0 win. Ali Mosier led the way going 2-for-2 with five RBI, four of which came with two outs, as she upped her average to .289.
Thanks in part to IUPUI's performance on Saturday, its team batting average inched its way above .300 to .302 on the season, and four players own averages over .345 led by Sarah Lawrence's .471 clip.
Over the weekend, Cassie Vodde put together another impressive outing throwing her second complete game shutout in her last three starts. The sophomore gave up four hits and struck out three as she improved to 4-3 on the season, and it marked her third consecutive start giving up just one run or less.
The Jaguars and Bulldogs split the season series last year with the Jags winning a 1-0 decision on Feb. 23 in Nashville, Tenn., before Butler came away with a 5-1 win at home on April 1.