Butler Drops Two Games In Florida

Butler Drops Two Games In Florida
Senior Jenny Esparza

KISSIMMEE, FLA. -- Despite two strong pitching performances, Butler came up short in its first two contests at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sunday, March 10.  The Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision to Akron in the first game in Florida and then fell to Creighton, 3-0, in the second.

Akron (9-7) scored in the bottom of the seventh inning in the opener to edge Butler and spoil a strong mound performance by senior Jenny Esparza.  The Butler righthander allowed just three hits and no earned runs in six-and-two-thirds innings of work, her longest stint of the young season.  She struck out six and walked just one.

Butler took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a solo home run by sophomore Kristin Boros.  It was one of just three hits the Bulldogs managed in the game.

Akron tied the game in fourth inning with an unearned run on a single, a sacrifice bunt, a passed ball and an error.  The winning run in the seventh with two outs on a passed ball.

The Bulldogs (2-11) also picked up a strong, complete game effort from freshman Kristin Gutierrez in the second contest.  The first-year hurler allowed three runs on three hits, while striking out six in her seven-inning stint.  She blanked the Blue Jays over the final six innings.

But Creighton (11-6) picked up an even strong pitching performance from Becca Changstrom.  She blanked the Bulldogs on just two hits over seven innings.  The Blue Jays' hurler struck out 10 and walked none in seven innings of work.

Creighton scored all three of its runs in the top of the first inning on a single, a walk and a three-run, home run by Bri Lingl.

Butler will continue play in the Rebel Games on Monday, March 11, with single games against Fairleigh Dickinson and St. Peter's.