Women Take Two of Three from Friars

MARKO TOMICH | Contributing Reporter HAKOLA

The Bulldogs hosted Providence last weekend and took two of three games to move to 4-4 in Big East Conference play.

Butler sophomore Kristen Gutierrez made headlines for the Bulldogs, earning Big East Pitcher of the Week accolades. Gutierrez pitched a complete game shutout in the series opener while striking out six. The Bulldogs won the game 4-0 after scoring three runs in the opening inning.

The Bulldogs dropped the second game of the twin-bill 7-2, as they left seven runners on base.

Gutierrez helped Butler bounce back in the finale of the series, as she pitched her second complete game in two days. She struck out seven and surrendered only five hits.

Senior infielder Kristen Hakola posted a perfect 3-for-3 day and scored a run. Freshman infielder

Chelsea Norwood added a hit and an RBI.

The Friars threatened in the seventh inning, putting runners on second and third base with two outs. A groundout finalized the win.

Butler has won six of its last eight contests. The Bulldogs look to maintain their momentum today as they travel to Morehead State for a doubleheader.

After today’s games, Butler will travel to Villanova for a three-game weekend series that includes a doubleheader on Saturday.  The Wildcats have struggled of late, and are 0-6 in conference play First pitch for the series opener is 12 p.m., with the second game to follow at approximately 2 p.m. The series wraps up with a matinee on Sunday afternoon.

Butler hosts Miami of Ohio in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. The first game begins at 3 p.m. with the second game to follow.