March 22, 2013

Bulldogs Defeat VCU 6-4

RICHMOND, Va. - Sophomore Michael Fries went 4-for-5 and Butler got a big inning early in BU baseball's 6-4 win at VCU on Friday.

Fries, starting in left field, singled twice and doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs. Over the last four games, the sophomore Fries is 10-for-15 at the plate with nine RBIs and five walks.

Fries had an RBI double at the end of a 2nd inning that saw Butler score four times. The inning began with senior Jimmy Risi hitting a double to right and scoring on a single by senior Radley Haddad. Two BU infielders, Mike Kseniak and Lucas Calderon, each added a single and a run. Calderon scored on a two-out double to left from Fries. Butler sent nine batters to the plate in the inning.

VCU scored once in the bottom of the 2nd to make it 4-1. The early run support was enough for sophomore Eric Stout to improve his record to 4-2. Stout took care of the early lead and kept VCU at bay, working 6.0 innings and allowing three earned runs. He struck out five and walked four while giving up seven hits. 

An RBI double by senior Jack Dillon drove in junior Marco Caponi in the 4th and put the Dawgs up 5-1. The Rams chipped away with a pair in the bottom of the inning to creep within 5-3. Fries then smacked his second RBI double of the evening in the top of the 6th, scoring Lucas Calderon.

At that point, Butler's bullpen shut the door on VCU and held the win for Stout. Sophomore Kyle Allen cruised in the 7th and 8th innings and senior Chase Byerly hurled a perfect 9th for the save.

Lucas Calderon and Dillon each had two hits. Calderon also scored two runs. Five different Butler players drove in a run in the balanced win.

The Bulldogs and Rams have changed the weekend schedule. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. There will be no Sunday game.