Butler Picks Up First Win Of 2013

Pat Gelwicks

ATLANTA - Home runs by Austin Miller and Lucas Calderon keyed the Butler baseball team to a 10-8 win at Georgia State on Sunday. It was BU's first victory of the young season.

The two homers helped the Bulldogs build a 10-2 lead, then they held on in the late innings for the victory. Senior Bob Akin went 2-for-4 with two doubles while another senior, Lucas Calderon, went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Both teams scored twice in the 1st, but the Bulldogs changed the day with five runs in the top of the 2nd. The key blow was Miller's three-run homer to left. Georgia State had put two runners on with walks, and Miller lifted his first home run over the fence. The Bulldogs suddenly led 7-2. Junior Marcos Calderon got into the act with an RBI single to put the Dawgs up 8-2. 

The lead would grow to 10-2 in the 4th inning when Calderon smacked a two-run shot to left. The Panthers scored four runs in the middle innings and then added a pair in the bottom of the 8th.

Michael Fries, Jimmy Risi and Marcos Calderon each had two hits for Butler. Akin, Fries and Marcos Calderon each scored two runs apiece.

Senior Kyle Kramp, who pitched 1.2 innings of relief, was credited with the win. Kramp entered in the 6th inning and didn't allow a run. The big play made by Kramp was in the bottom of the 6th, when he got the Panthers to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end a dangerous inning.

Butler (1-2) will play three games at Appalachian State next weekend Feb. 23-24.