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Bulldogs Win Conference Battle at Home

April 7, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team held off a late surge from conference opponent Providence, securing a 4-3 victory in a BIG EAST matchup at the BU Softball Field on Sunday, April 6. The Bulldogs finished 2-1 in the weekend series with the Friars (3-19), splitting the first two games on Saturday, April 5. The victory brings the team to 14-21 on the season and 4-4 in conference.

Sophomore pitcher Kristin Gutierrez pitched the entire game for the Bulldogs, picking up seven strikeouts and allowing just five hits. Gutierrez picked up a victory in the first game of the series, bringing her record to 10-8 on the season.

Butler posted an eight-hit attack, led by senior infielder Krista Hakola, who went a perfect 3-3 and added one run. Freshman infielder Chelsea Norwood also provided a boost for the Bulldogs, finishing with one hit, one run, and one RBI.

"I thought we did a good job with bouncing back and fighting," said Butler head coach Scott Hall. "I'm really proud of them. Up and down the lineup, we battled today."

The Friars jumped out to an early lead after outfielder Kiarra Baldassari singled to right field and advanced to second on a fielding error. After stealing third, Baldassari scored on a throwing error, putting the Bulldogs in an early 1-0 hole.

Butler responded in the 4th inning, as sophomore infielder Alex Kotter reached on a fielder's choice and late scored on a fielding error at third base. Hakola scored the go-ahead run in the 5th inning, hitting a double down the left field line before reaching home on a single to center field from junior pinch hitter Maria Leichty.

Down 4-2 in the top of the 7th inning, the Friars attempted to rally back after a single to center field from infielder Megan Rollings scored outfielder Lauren Paiva. With two outs and Providence runners on second and third base, Baldassari grounded out to third base, securing the Bulldog victory.

Butler has now won six of their last eight games, and will continue their schedule with a double-header at Morehead State on Wednesday, April 9. Games will begin at 2 p.m.

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