GW Softball Edged by Butler, 1-0
Martin Allows Three Hits, Strikes Out Seven in Loss
April 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington softball sophomore Courtney Martin allowed just three hits and struck out seven, but Butler scored an unearned run in the seventh inning to defeat the Colonials, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
The teams were locked in a scoreless draw for six innings. Each team stranded a pair of runners in the third and the Bulldogs (12-16, 3-2 A-10) also put two on in the fourth, but neither team was able to cross the plate until the top of the seventh.
Butler designated player Audrey East ripped a single down the left field line to lead off the inning and first baseman Krista Hakola reached on an error. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third, second baseman Callie Dennison lofted a fly ball to left field. GW junior Alexandra Del Prete made a diving catch, but pinch runner Devin Brierly came home to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead, and the Colonials (11-18, 0-3 A-10) were unable to score in the bottom of the inning en route to their sixth straight loss.
Martin (5-10) suffered the tough-luck loss despite allowing just six base runners and no earned runs in the complete game effort. Butler pitchers Jenny Esparza and Kristin Gutierrez combined on a no-hitter with eight strikeouts, with Gutierrez (2-8) tossing four perfect innings in relief to earn the win.
GW and Butler face off again on Saturday at 12 p.m. at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.