INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team opened its home schedule with a doubleheader split against Buffalo Friday afternoon at Bulldog Park. The Dogs dropped game one, 9-1, but bounced back for a 9-2 win in the nightcap.
For the day, junior Grant Fillipitch led the Bulldogs by going 4-for-7 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Kyle Schultz had a homer and three RBIs on the day.
In game one, Buffalo (7-8) set the tone early with three runs on four hits in the 1st inning. A solo homer from Brad Augustin in the top of the 2nd made it 4-0. Augustin would added a two-run double in the 4th inning and the Bulls added one run in the final three innings to win 9-1. Augustin went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs in game one, which was a seven-inning game.
BU’s lone run in the first game came when Fillipitch scored on a single to left by Schultz. Buffalo’s Chaz Mye allowed one run and six hits over 6.0 innings for the win. Junior Dom Silvestri (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs.
Butler (5-8) got revenge in game two, breaking the game open in the first two innings. Fillipitch’s RBI single in the bottom of the 1st got the Dogs out to an early lead. BU would pile on six more runs when it batted around in the 2nd inning for a 7-0 lead. The big rally started with a leadoff walk by Schultz. Sophomores Brian Padove and Griffin Richeson followed with singles to load the bases. After an RBI groundout by junior Kyle Waggoner, Fillipitch delivered the game-changing blow, a three-run double to left center.
Following a walk, junior Corey Moylan smacked a two-run double to left to force Buffalo starter Gavin Black out of the game.
With BU leading 7-1 in the bottom of the 5th, Schultz lifted a two-run home run to right field that scored senior Bobby Mosser. In game two, Fillipitch finished 3-for-4 with four driven in. Schultz and Moylan each had two RBIs.
As potent as the Bulldog bats were in game two, the story of the game may have been the pitching Butler got from a pair of freshmen. Jared Earle picked up his first career win with 6.0 solid innings. He only allowed two runs and struck out two. Billy Laing worked 3.0 shutout innings for his second save.
Butler and Buffalo are scheduled to play another doubleheader Saturday, March 20 to conclude the four-game series.