VALPARAISO, Ind. - Butler had perhaps its best pitching weekend of the year, but the Bulldog baseball team was edged twice by Valparaiso on Sunday. Valpo took a 1-0 pitcher's duel in the first game before winning 3-2 in the nightcap.
Valpo's Kevin Wild got a run in the bottom of the 2nd and cruised in a four-hit shutout. He struck out five and walked three as the Crusaders won in a 106-minute game. Butler starter Brad Schnitzer was just as dominant, allowing five hits and just one walk over 8.0 innings. Valparaiso managed just three singles off Schnitzer after the 2nd inning.
Valpo's run came after Schnitzer hit John Loeffler with a pitch. He scored on a single by Steven Scoby.
Scoring two runs in the second game was an offensive surge for Butler. BU got an early lead and the pitching held, as freshman Eric Stout allowed just one run over 5.0 innings. But a late comeback by Valparaiso gave the Crusaders the sweep.
In the series finale, junior Jimmy Risi smacked an RBI single in the top of the 1st to give Butler its first run of the day. With the game tied 1-1, sophomore Marcos Calderon slugged a home run to lead off the 5th and give Butler a 2-1 lead.
In the next inning, Valparaiso loaded the bases against Stout but he got out of the jam. Butler then turned to junior Chase Byerly, who held the lead into the bottom of the 9th. An error and a single put the pressure on, and Valpo would tie the game on an RBI single by Elliott Martin.
After a pop-up in the infield with the bases loaded, Spencer Mahoney walked with the bases loaded to give Valpo the 3-2 win. Both of the runs off Byerly in the final inning were unearned.
BU (19-21, 7-12) will continue on the road this week. Butler is at UIndy Wednesday, April 25 before a three-game set at Wright State next weekend.