Grizzlies close out the week with weekend sweeps of Pratt and Bethany

Grizzlies close out the week with weekend sweeps of Pratt and Bethany

The Butler Grizzlies picked up four more wins to extend their winning streak to 15 games this weekend, outscoring their opponents 66-3 in two doubleheaders at East Park, defeating Pratt 13-0 and 15-0 before winning 14-2 and 24-1 in games against Bethany College on Sunday. The Grizzlies totaled 58 hits in the weekend slate, cruising to a weekend sweep.

Game One vs Pratt

The Grizzlies knocked in 13 runs on 13 hits in the first game of the weekend. Gianna De Luca-Paape collected three RBIs and two hits in three trips to the plate, and Reese Briggs and Amber Howe both collected two RBIs.

Emma Koeneke and Kendal LeGrand were sensational on the mound. Koeneke earned her 12th win of the year, and the two pitchers combined to shutout the Beavers, totaling 11 strikeouts and giving up just one hit. 

Game Two vs Pratt

Three different Grizzlies players homered in the second game against the Beavers, as Alex Olson, Reese Briggs and Briona Woods all hit one out of the park. Paige Paxton earned four RBIs and seven different Grizzly players batted in runs. 

Allyson Montgomery continued her unbeaten start to the season, earning her eleventh win of the season, giving up just three hits and striking out nine. LeGrand and Ariel Matula came in on relief to preserve the shutout.

Game One vs Bethany

Three Grizzly players hit homers in the first game against Bethany on Sunday, as Mariah Wheeler, Ryanna Valdivia and Reese Briggs all went yard. Briggs earned her eighth home run of the season, good enough for second on the team, as the Grizzlies scored 14 runs on 12 hits.

Koeneke again dominated in her third start of the week, improving to 13-1 this season, allowing no hits and no runs in three innings. 

Game Two vs Bethany

Madi Young hit two home runs in the second game against Bethany, improving her season total to nine, which leads all Grizzlies. Gianna De Luca-Paape hit a grand slam in the third inning to make the game 13-0, one of her two home runs in the game and her fourth and fifth of the season, and Gentry Shepherd, Reese Briggs, Kendyl Anderson, and Alex Olson also went yard, as the Grizzlies' eight home runs was the most they've hit all year in a single game.

Allyson Montgomery earned her 12th victory of the year, striking out eight players in three innings.

The weekend sweep improves the Grizzlies' record to 25-1, and 13-1 in conference play.  Butler will look to avenge their only loss of the year when they travel to Hutchinson to play their rival Blue Dragons on Wednesday.