Butler softball tops IUPUI in nonconference matchup

Junior catcher Cheyenne Thompson throws down to second before the start of an inning. Butler will travel to DePaul for a three-game series on April 28-29. Jimmy Lafakis/Collegian file photo. 

CHRIS BROWN | STAFF REPORTER | cbbrown@butler.edu

The Butler University softball team defeated Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis 7-3 in their home finale on April 25. The Bulldogs have now won seven of their last eight games and are 20-22 on the season while remaining 7-5 in Big East play.

The two teams swapped single runs in the first two inning, with IUPUI scoring on a sacrifice fly in the first and Butler scoring on an error in the second. The Jaguars scored again on a wild pitch in the third inning, but the Bulldogs took a one-run lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Sophomore outfielder Payton Longest drove in a run on an infield single, and freshman infielder Claire Gilliland reached on a fielding error as another Butler run came in.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Butler added to its lead with another two-run frame. Gilliland singled in Longest and sophomore outfielder Alyssa Garcia picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice bunt play.

The Jaguars chipped into Butler’s lead with a single run in the top of the sixth inning, but the Bulldogs added two runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure a 7-3 victory.

In the seventh, junior catcher Sammy Andersen drove in a run with an RBI double and junior outfielder Jenna Foreman reached on IUPUI’s third error as a Butler run scored.

Freshman Alyssa Graves made the start on the mound for the Butler, throwing 2 ⅓ innings while giving up two earned runs on one hit, one walk, and four strikeouts. Junior Kaitlin Doud came on in relief and kept the Jaguars off the board for 2 ⅔ frames, and sophomore Gabbi Schnaiter allowed one earned run over the final two innings.

The Bulldogs will return to action with a three-game weekend series at DePaul University from April 28-29.

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