Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Boros slugs Butler to Horizon League sweep

FORT WAYNE, Indiana - Elyria’s Alex Boros, a senior at Butler, slugged a pair of home runs, and hit another in the second game of a double header, giving her three homers on the day, as Butler swept a doubleheader over Green Bay on Saturday at Butler Softball Field.

On Sunday, freshman Lauren McNulty slugged her first career home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Butler a 1-0 walk-off victory over Green Bay and complete a three-game Horizon League sweep. The victory improved the Bulldogs to 16-22 on the year and 7-7 in league play.

Boros is currently second in batting average (.306) and has started all 38 games. She is second on the team in RBIs with 21. She still has not made an error in 44 chances, sporting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage from her left field position.

Last year, Boros started 45 games and finished second in hitting (.265), while leading the Bulldogs in RBIs (27), doubles (nine) and home runs (five).

Her sophomore year, she started 33 of 36 games played and was third in batting average (.286) and had four doubles and three home runs.

As a freshman, she started in 47 of 48 games played, but struggled with a .220 average. She had nine doubles, four home runs and 18 RBIs.

Keystone’s Kristie Malinkey, a junior, pitched three innings Thursday, allowing just one hit and two unearned runs, while striking out two batters in a 4-2 loss to Wright State.

On the season, Malinkey is 2-5 with 22 appearances (eight starts) and has a 5.23 ERA in 51 2/3 innings. She also has 24 strikeouts.

Last year, Malinkey pitched in 21 games, including 16 as a starter. She was second on the team in wins with five and had a 3.28 ERA, while also striking out 42 batters. Her highlights were a 2-1 win over Michigan State and a complete-game 7-0 win over Penn.

As a freshman, she appeared in 15 games, including three as a starter. She was second on the team with a 2.79 ERA and led the team with two saves in relief.

And who could forget the most impressive feat in Lorain County softball history when Malinkey pitched a perfect game in the state championship as Keystone won the state title in 2006.


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