March 2, 2013

Bulldogs Pound Lipscomb 24-9

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Butler baseball team scored nine runs in the top of the 1st inning to set the tone for a 24-9 win at Lipscomb on Saturday. The Bulldogs added an 8-spot in the 7th to turn the game into a blowout.

One day after posting 14 hits in an 11-2 win, the Bulldogs totaled 19 hits as they blew out Lipscomb for the second day in a row. Butler was led by senior Jimmy Risi, who went 4-for-4 with a homer and two doubles. He drove in six runs and now has five home runs in the season's first eight games.

Butler (4-4) set the tone early, taking advantage of Lipscomb making errors on the first two plays of the game. Risi doubled to open up the scoring, and soon BU would see the first seven batters of the game reach base. Butler led 4-0 and had the bases loaded by the time Lipscomb recorded its first out.

After senior Jack Dillon drew a bases loaded walk, Risi delivered a three-run double that chased LU starter Drew Hacket in the 1st inning. All nine of Butler's runs in the inning were unearned. In all, the inning featured three walks, two errors and two hit batters by Lipscomb's defense.

Leading 9-1, the Dawgs added three runs on a homer by Dillon in the 2nd. Senior Pat Gelwicks slugged a two-run double in the top of the 3rd to extend BU's lead to 14-1. 

Later, the Bulldogs led 16-7 when they piled on eight more runs in the 7th. All of the damage came with two outs, as four Bulldog batters walked and Lipscomb committed another error. Senior Radley Haddad smacked a three-run double in the inning and junior Marco Caponi hit a two-run double down the right-field line.

Gelwicks and freshmen Mike Kseniak and Drew Small each had three hits for Butler. Small scored four runs and Dillon drove in four runs.

Kyle Kramp led Butler's pitching staff, working 5.0 innings for his second win. Sophomore Will Schierholz pitched 3.0 innings and freshman Bobby Napoleon pitched one scoreless frame.

Butler and Lipscomb will conclude their three-game set Sunday afternoon. Lefty Kevin Lenkman will start for BU opposite Will Blalock.