Bulldogs Drop A DH At Gardner-Webb

Bulldogs Drop A DH At Gardner-Webb

Game 1 - Gardner-Webb 11, Butler 4
Game 2 - Gardner-Webb 6, Butler 5 

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - The Butler baseball team dropped two games Saturday afternoon at Gardner-Webb. BU dropped the first game, 11-4, and had a late lead before falling 6-5 in the second game.

For the day, senior Kyle Waggoner led the team with three hits and five RBIs. Senior Luke Duncan drove in two runs and three Bulldogs scored two runs apiece.

In game one, the Bulldogs trailed 5-1 when Gardner-Webb scored three times in the bottom of the 4th to go up 8-1. Duncan had a sac fly and Waggoner had an RBI single to right as the Dawgs scored twice in the 7th. Gardner-Webb, leading 8-4, then added three more runs in the 7th and 8th innings.

Waggoner finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and sophomore Andrew Eckhardt scored two runs. Senior righty Jared Wagoner (0-1) pitched 4.0 innings and took the loss.

Butler jumped out to a sizable lead in game two before losing in the final inning. Waggoner smacked a two-run single up the middle to score Duncan and freshman Zach Sizemore to help the Bulldogs take a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

Waggoner came up big again in the top of the 4th, lifting a sac fly that scored junior Griffin Richeson. Butler now led 5-0. Gardner-Webb answered with a run in the bottom of the 4th.

The fateful inning was the 7th, when GWU got back-to-back doubles and five straight batters reached base. Gardner-Webb scored four times in the frame, tying the game 5-5. In the bottom of the 9th, Butler committed an error that would prove costly. GWU's Scott Coleman reached on a fielding error and advanced to second on a single. He moved to third on a fielder's choice, and with two outs, he scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

Waggoner finished the second game with three RBIs. Senior Michael Letzter led the Bulldogs with two hits. Kyle Kramp got the start for Butler, working 4.0 innings and allowing just one run. He struck out four. 

Butler (0-3) will conclude its road trip at USC-Upstate Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs have a home game scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 vs. IPFW.