Purdue's Late Rally Edges Bulldogs
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior Corey Moylan went 3-for-4 and fellow junior Michael Letzter had a homer and two RBIs but Purdue scored two late runs to edge the Butler baseball team, 5-4, Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs led late in the game before the Boilermakers played one run in the bottom of the 7th and 8th innings. Butler led 4-3 when PU's Kevin Plawecki singled to lead off the 7th. Stephen Talbott pinch ran for Plawecki and stole second. A Butler throwing error on the play allowed Talbott to reach third. He would score on a single by Payton Bieker to tie the game 4-4.
In the next inning, Purdue's Jon Moore hit a solo home run down the left field line for what ended up being the winning run. Butler didn't go quietly, however. Junior Luke Duncan smacked a double down the right field line to put the tying run in scoring position before the final out was made.
In addition to his three hits, Moylan scored a run. His batting average climbed to .363. Letzter finished 2-for-4. Duncan and sophomore Griffin Richeson also added two hits apiece. Butler out-hit Purdue by a 10-6 margin and didn't trail until Moore's homer in the bottom of the 8th.
The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead with a trio of runs in the top of the 4th. Junior Kevin Crane and Letzter each had RBI singles and senior Kyle Schultz had a sac fly to center. Purdue answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Letzter's homer put the Dawgs up 4-3, the score when Purdue mounted its late rally.
Six BU pitchers combined for a solid effort on the mound. Junior Dom Silvestri started and retired all six batters he faced, striking out three. Freshman Billy Laing and junior Jared Wagoner each pitched one scoreless inning. BU's staff struck out six with no walks on the day.
Butler (18-27) closes the regular season with a three-game series at home vs. Cleveland State. Game one is Friday at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs have already clinched a spot in the upcoming Horizon League Baseball Championship, and can possibly improve its tournament seed against the Vikings, who have mathematically secured last place in the standings.