Butler Sweeps Non-Conference Twinbill
April 23, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
CHARLESTON, ILL. -- Butler rode the strong arm of sophomore Kristin Gutierrez and the hot bat of junior Kristen Boros to an impressive sweep of Eastern Illinois in a non-conference doubleheader at Williams Field in Charleston, Ill., on Tuesday (April 22). The Bulldogs captured a pair of one-run wins, taking the opener, 1-0, and the nightcap, 6-5.
The two victories came against a team that had already won 34 games this season and was riding an 11-game winning streak heading into the twinbill!
Gutierrez bested Eastern Illinois right-hander Stephanie Maday in a classic "pitchers' duel" in the opening game. The Butler left-hander blanked the Panthers on three hits, while striking out nine and walking none. Maday surrendered only one hit, a fourth-inning, leadoff triple to Boros which led to the game's only run.
Boros finished the day with three hits, including a double and a triple, and three RBIs. She scored the lone run in the opener on a ground out by junior Maria Leichty, and then she drove in half of Butler's runs in the second game, including the go-ahead run in the fourth inning.
After never trailing in the first game, the Bulldogs had to come from behind in the nightcap. Boros drove in Brandyce Sallee, who opened the second game with a double, to give Butler an early 1-0 lead, but the host Panthers answered with three runs in the bottom of the initial frame.
Butler chipped away with an unearned run in the second inning and then took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fourth frame. Sarah Gronowski drove in the first with a fielder's choice and Boros singled home the second.
Back-to-back doubles by Chelsea Norwood and Krista Hakola boosted Butler's lead to 5-3 in the fifth inning, and Boros drove in the Bulldogs' final run in the sixth with a double. Eastern Illinois (34-13) added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Freshman Kacey Starwalt started in the circle for the Bulldogs and picked up her first collegiate victory. Teammate Allie Tarrant pitched the final four innings and earned the save.
The Bulldogs pounded out 13 hits in the second contest, including two each by Boros, Sallee, Hakola, Audrey Hiner and Riley Carter.
Butler improved to 21-24 on the season with the non-conference sweep. The two wins also gave seniors Callie Dennison, Megan Gray, Leah Bry and Hakola 100 career victories at Butler.
The Bulldogs will return to BIG EAST play and wrap up a 13-game road stretch with a three-game conference series at Seton Hall, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 26.