Butler Baseball Notebook

Butler Baseball Notebook
Marco Caponi


Head coach Steve Farley hired Paul Panik as a volunteer assistant this winter. His primary duties will be to work with Butler's hitting and the team's catchers.

Prior to coming to Butler, Paul was an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University.

He was the starting catcher at Canisius College, where he was an academic all-conference performer. He received his degree in marketing in 2010.

Paul's younger brother, Joe, is currently the sixth-ranked minor league prospect in the San Francisco Giants system after signing in the first round as a shortstop in 2011.



Baseball parents, alumni and friends of the program are invited to meet the current Bulldogs at the men's basketball game vs. Rhode Island Saturday, Feb. 2. The game begins at 4 p.m. The hospitality area will be in the Champions Room (football press box) beginning at 2:30 p.m. The room will also be open at halftime.

Free soft drinks and snacks will be provided as well as a cash bar. No reservations needed.


Team ChuckStrong wins 2013 Iron Man Challenge

Team ChuckStrong won the Butler baseball program's annual Iron Man Challenge with a total of 34 points. Second place went to team Yeah Pike with 24 points, followed by team FLO with 20 points and team Jock Jams with 18 points.

In the grueling last event, the Swedish Shuttle Run (Beep Test), freshman Mike Kseniak finished with the highest score: level 14.1. Second place went to junior college transfer Gunner Johnson and senior Jack Dillon finished third.

Members of the winning ChuckStrong team were: Marco Caponi, Michael Fries, Pat Gelwicks, Radley Haddad, Mike Kseniak, Joel Leichty, Jimmy Risi and Dillan Souther.