Bulldogs Split Home-Opening Twinbill
March 19, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BUTLER SPORTS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- A strong pitching performance by sophomore Kristin Gutierrez and a sixth inning rally helped lift Butler to a 4-3 victory over visiting IUPUI in the Bulldogs' first home game of 2014 on Tuesday, March 18. The Jaguars rebounded with a 7-2 victory in the second game.
Gutierrez picked up her third consecutive victory with a complete-game performance in the opener at the Butler Softball Field. She allowed seven hits and racked up 12 strikeouts, while improving to 5-6 on the season.
Butler (8-16), which saw a 2-0 lead slip away in the fifth inning, entered the bottom of the sixth frame trailing, 3-2. That's when freshman Brandyce Sallee ignited the decisive rally with a one-out double to left field. She scored moments later, when freshman Chelsea Norwood lined a shot to right field that eluded IUPUI outfielder Lindsey Richards and rolled to the wall. Norwood ended up on third base with the score tied.
Junior Kristen Boros then finished the rally and picked up the game-winning RBI with a single up the middle. Gutierrez set the Jaguars down in order in the top of the seventh inning to seal the win.
Boros, who had a pair of RBIs in the win, led Butler's 10-hit attack with a three-for-three afternoon, while Sallee added a pair of hits.
"We were able to fight back and get a win," said Butler head coach Scott Hall of the Bulldogs' opening game effort. "We had good pitching and got out of some jams. I was really proud of the effort."
IUPUI (8-10) used two big innings in the nightcap to earn a split. The Jaguars scored three runs off of Butler starter Allie Tarrant in the fourth inning to grab the lead and then padded the margin with four runs off of relief pitcher Kacey Starwalt in the sixth.
The Bulldogs picked up a single run in the fourth inning on a double by Maria Leichty, a single by Sallee and an infield error. Norwood drove in Butler's final run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Butler will continue its current six-game homestand with a single game against Ball State on Wednesday, March 19, at 3 p.m.