Butler Rally Falls Short At Lipscomb

Radley Haddad

NASHVILLE, TENN. -- Butler roared back from a 5-0 deficit with an eight-run rally in the seventh inning, but host Lipscomb answered with its own rally to claim a 9-8 victory in the final game of a three-game set at Ken Dugan Field on Sunday, March 3.  The Bulldogs, who scored 44 runs in the three games, narrowly missed sweeping the series.

Butler (4-5) scored its eight runs on the strength of just two hits.  The Bulldogs took advantage of six walks and one error to sustain the rally and take the lead. Nick Bartolone had a double in the inning and Marcos Calderon had a run-scoring single for the two Butler hits.  Drew Small, Radley Haddad, Pat Gelwicks, James Baker and Bartolone joined Calderon with RBIs during the rally, while the Bulldogs also scored on a wild pitch and an error.

But Lipscomb (5-7) answered with a single run in the seventh frame and three runs in the eighth inning.  The decisive blow, a two-run single up the middle by Griffin Moore, came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

Butler starter Kevin Lenkman allowed four runs on nine hits through five innings, while the Bisons scored a pair of runs in two innings off of relief pitcher Kyle Allen.  Senior Chase Byerly (0-1) gave up the three runs in the eighth inning was tagged with the loss.

Bartolone had two of Butler's six hits in the game and one of the Bulldogs' two extra base hits.  Hadded had the other with a double in the sixth inning.

The Bisons received six innings of shutout pitching from starter Will Blalock.  Tyler Burstrom (1-1), who blanked the Bulldogs over the final two-and-a-third inning, picked up the victory.

Butler won the first two games of the series, 11-2 and 24-9.

The Bulldogs will attempt to play their first game in Indianapolis when they visit Marian for a 3 p.m. (ET) game on Tuesday, March 5.  Butler's home-opener is scheduled for Friday, March 8, against IPFW at 3 p.m.