Indianapolis, Ind. - A two-out, RBI single to the gap in left center by Kyle Schultz capped a spirited ninth-inning rally, as Butler overcame a 6-5 deficit to score a 7-6 decision in the finale of a doubleheader against Milwaukee on Saturday (May 9) afternoon at Bulldog Park. The visiting Panthers held on for a close win in the opener, topping the Bulldogs, 3-2.
After Milwaukee surged for three runs in the top of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead, the Bulldogs had to play comeback in the final frame to come away with the win.
Bobby Mosser came off the bench to lead off the ninth and promptly lined the first pitch he saw into the gap in right center for a pinch-hit double. After Tim Matheson came in to run for Mosser, Luke Duncan dropped down a sacrifice bunt to put a runner on third for Rick Betsch, who fed his first pitch through the right side to knot the game up at 6-6.
Betsch stole second and Grant Fillipitch drew an intentional walk to put runners on first and second with one down, but the Panthers cut down the lead runner on an ensuing fielder's choice to put themselves one out away from extra innings.
Schultz made sure the game ended there, however, driving a 1-0 pitch to left center that scored Fillipitch with the winning run.
Butler jumped out to an early lead in the contest thanks to a three-run first inning. Duncan got things started with a lead-off single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Betsch. Fillipitch then sent a grounder to the Milwaukee shortstop, who attempted to catch Duncan heading to third, but the throw skipped away from the third baseman covering and allowed the Butler outfielder to head home with the first run of the game.
Michael Letzter walked to put runners at first and second for Schultz, who roped an RBI single to right that plated Fillipitch. Alex Montagano followed with a run-scoring single of his own, bringing Letzter in with the third run of the inning.
The Panthers came back to tie the game, scoring one in the fifth and two more in the sixth, but the Bulldogs would bounce right back in the seventh thanks to Fillipitch. After Betsch reached base on a one-out single, the Butler shortstop drove a towering shot over the left field fence for his team-leading sixth home run of the year and a 5-3 Bulldog advantage.
Milwaukee quickly erased the lead in the top of the eighth and took a one-run lead later in the inning before the Bulldogs responded in the ninth.
Evan DePotter picked up his first win of the season, allowing just one hit and striking out three in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Jared Wagoner started and pitched a strong 6.0 innings, allowing three runs while striking out five.
Duncan, Betsch, Schultz and Montagano each collected a pair of hits, while Fillipitch scored three times.
Butler got on the board first in the opening contest, as Betsch led off with an infield single before motoring all the way home on an RBI double to right center by Fillipitch.
UWM tied the game up with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Bulldogs countered with run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI bunt single to first by Schultz.
The Panthers took the lead for good in the eighth, however, scoring twice on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single.
Jeff Sinkiewicz started and took a no decision in the contest, allowing two runs in seven impressive innings.
Fillipitch and Schultz collected two hits apiece, while Betsch scored twice.
Butler returns to action on Sunday (May 10) when it heads to Valparaiso for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.