Butler softball goes 1-2 at home against Creighton

Cheyenne Thompson gets ready to throw the ball. Thompson hit her first home run of the season against Creighton. Photo by Jimmy Lafakis. 

CHRIS BROWN | STAFF REPORTER | cbbrown@butler.edu

The Butler University softball team went 1-2 in a three-game series at home against Creighton University from April 7-8. The Bulldogs are now 12-19 on the season and 3-3 in conference play.

Butler started off the weekend with 8-3 and 5-3 losses in a Saturday doubleheader.

In the first game, the Bulldogs struck first with single runs in the first and third innings on an RBI triple from junior pitcher/infielder Kaitlin Doud and a solo home run from junior catcher Cheyenne Thompson. Creighton responded with a three-run fifth inning, but an RBI single by senior infielder Alyssa Lach in the bottom of the frame tied the game up at three.

That would be the last run that Butler would score in the contest, though, and the Bluejays scored four runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh for the 8-3 victory.

Freshman Alyssa Graves got the start for Butler, surrendering three runs (one earned) over 4 ⅔ innings while striking out four and walking three. Doud allowed four unearned runs in an inning of relief before giving way to sophomore Gabbi Schnaiter, who gave up one earned run in the final 1 ⅓ innings.

Doud and Lach each finished the game with two hits and an RBI.

Creighton jumped out to an early lead in the second game of the day, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. The Bluejays added two runs in the third inning and one in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead before the Bulldogs responded with a three-run fourth inning.

Redshirt freshman catcher Elyse Babb knocked in two runs with a double and freshman infielder Claire Gilliland singled to score the team’s third run of the game. But Creighton was able to hold Butler scoreless the rest of the way to pick up the win.

Schnaiter made the start for the Bulldogs, surrendering four earned runs over two innings. Doud pitched the final five innings, striking out two and walking two while allowing one earned run.

Butler was able to avoid the series sweep on Sunday with a 2-0 victory. The two teams combined for just six hits in the contest and the Bulldogs scored both of their runs on a fourth-inning double by Doud.

On the mound, Graves walked five but did not give up a run over 2 ⅓ frames. Doud held Creighton scoreless over the final 4 ⅔ innings, walking one and striking out three.

The Bulldogs return to action with a doubleheader at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, on Tuesday, April 10.

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