Following a 9-1 showing at the Rebel Games during spring break, the Butler softball team went 2-3 against its three opponents.
The most recent competition for the Bulldogs (13-9, 1-1 HL) was a doubleheader at UIC on Saturday. After capturing a victory in the opener, Butler dropped the second game to the Flames (10-13, 1-1 HL), 2-1.
The Bulldogs could muster only one run off of junior Ashley Hewett, who pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out six.
Butler appeared to be headed in the right direction offensively early in the second game when senior center fielder Erin Jackson scored on a throwing error in the first inning to put the Bulldogs up, 1-0.
Both teams were then held scoreless until the bottom half of the fifth inning.
UIC played small ball, stringing together three singles, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to manufacture the tying and game-winning runs.
Senior Jennifer Chasteen suffered the loss for Butler, going six innings and giving up two runs on six hits.
In the first game of the twinbill, the Bulldogs used their second six-run fifth inning in as many games to pull away from the Flames and come out with a 10-5 victory.
“Hits are contagious,” head coach Scott Hall said. “I felt like we started well and things just kept rolling.
“It was clear by the end of the game that we were seeing the ball really well and doing what we needed to do.”
Up 4-2 entering the frame, Butler brought out its bats and put the game away.
Junior catcher Mallory Winters drove in the first run of the inning with a fielder’s choice, which was followed by an RBI single from Jackson.
The big blow came from the bat of sophomore second baseman Meaghan Sullivan, who cleared the bases with a three-run double, staking the Bulldogs to a 9-2 advantage.
“We knew UIC was going to be a very tough game,” Jackson said. “If I do my job and everybody else does their job, we’re going to get a ‘W.’”
On March 24, Butler had its first of two six-run fifth innings in back-to-back games to top Indiana State (9-14), 8-4.
Junior left fielder Lauren McNulty’s three-run home run was the highlight of the inning for the Bulldogs.
On March 22, Butler dropped both games of a doubleheader at Indiana (19-13), the first by a 4-2 margin and the second by a score of 4-3.
After two games at IPFW tonight, the Bulldogs will play a three-game series against conference foe Detroit.
The Titans (8-19, 0-3 HL) will be coming off a doubleheader against Wayne State.