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Bulldogs Sweep Non-Conference Doubleheader

March 27, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler turned a couple of solid pitching performances and an opportunistic offense into a pair of one-sided victories in a non-conference doubleheader at the Butler Softball Field on Wednesday, March 26.  The Bulldogs defeated visiting Northern Kentucky, 11-0 in five innings, in the opener and then completed the sweep with a 9-2 victory in the nightcap.

Pitching ruled the day for the Bulldogs.  Sophomore Kristin Gutierrez tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the first game, while picking up her sixth victory of the season.  She had five strikeouts and two walks in her run-shortened win.  Freshman Allie Tarrant went the distance in the second game, allowing just one earned run and striking out five en route to her first collegiate victory.

"Sid (Gutierrez) was on fire today," said Butler head coach Scott Hall.  "(It was) her first no-no, I believe.  She spotted the ball well and had good break on the ball, and our defense stepped up for her."

"And Allie came in and did a great job battling through some tough innings and just sticking with it," continued the Butler coach.  "It was one of her best efforts of the season."

Both Butler pitchers received ample run support.  The Bulldogs scored a season-high 11 runs in the opener behind a nine-hit attack.  Senior Krista Hakola led the offense with a pair of hits, including a double, and five runs batted in.  Junior Kristen Boros and sophomore Krosley Ogden each added a pair of hits in the game.

The nine runs in the second contest marked Butler's second-highest total of the season.  The Bulldogs, who had eight hits in the game, took advantage of seven Northern Kentucky errors to run up the final scoring total.  Eight different Butler players hit safely in the game, with junior Cassie Rupel recording a pair of runs batted in.

"That always makes it easier on our pitchers," Hall said of the team's run-support.

Boros, who had a double in each game, and Hakola each finshed the day with three hits.  Freshman Chelsea Norwood scored five runs in the two games, while sophomore Alex Kotter and Boros each scored three times.

The Bulldogs (10-19) led 4-0 after three innings in the opener and then exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning to seal the victory.  In the second game, the two teams were tied, 2-2 through four-and-a-half innings, before Butler took advantage of three Northern Kentucky errors to score a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth frame.  The Bulldogs added five more runs in the sixth inning.

Butler will return to BIG EAST play with a three-game series at St. John's on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.  The conference doubleheader will start at noon on Saturday, with the single game finale on Sunday slated for 11 a.m.  All three games will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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