ND Rallies Late Over Butler

Mike Hernandez

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Butler baseball team led for most of the game, but Notre Dame scored three times in the bottom of the 8th to edge Butler 6-5 on Tuesday evening. Senior right-hander Mike Hernandez threw 7.0 quality innings but took the no decision after ND's rally.

Junior Pat Gelwicks and sophomore Marcos Calderon each went 3-for-4 to lead Butler. Joe Hudson went 3-for-4 for the Irish, which tallied 14 hits on the day.

With BU leading 5-3, Notre Dame got two singles to start the game-deciding inning. The next batter, Charlie Markson, put down a bunt and was safe. The throw got away and it was suddenly 5-4. A sac bunt tied the game. Moments later, Kevin DeFillippis singled home the go-ahead run.

Butler put two runners on in the top of the 9th, but a 4-6-3 double play ended the game.

Junior Bob Akin keyed a five-run Butler 4th inning that turned the game in favor of the Bulldogs. A failed pickoff by Notre Dame scored two more runs and then Gelwicks lifted an RBI single to left.

Notre Dame's bullpen was also a key factor in the game. Three relievers combined for 4.1 innings of scoreless relief. Sean Fitzgerald was the winning pitcher, working 4.1 frames and only allowing three hits.

Butler (20-25) is at home this weekend, hosting Youngstown State in a three-game series at Bulldog Park May 4-6.