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.
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.