INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Senior Lucas Calderon smacked three hits off his former SLU roommate, but Saint Louis got the best of the Butler baseball team 6-3 on Friday.
Lucas Calderon, BU's starting second baseman, played two seasons at Saint Louis before transferring to Butler in 2010. His roommate at SLU was the team's Friday starter, Alex Alemann. Calderon went 3-for-4 against Alemann, including a double in the bottom of the 4th. Calderon finished the day 3-for-5 and scored a run.
"I was a little nervous and had butterflies early," the fifth-year senior said. "I hadn't seen these guys in forever and I knew they'd have a good scouting report on me. I wanted to see the pitch and recognize it. I got lucky and got a couple hits."
Alemann, however, pitching into the 8th and earned the win to improve to 5-1. He struck out eight and scattered eight hits over 7.1 innings. Braxton Martinez had three hits and Michael Bozarth drove in three runs to lead SLU at the plate.
Saint Louis (20-10, 6-1) struck for three runs in the top of the 2nd. After a walk and a single, shortstop Alec Sole was hit with a pitch to load the bases. Bozarth lifted a double to left to clear the bases. Sole doubled and scored in the 4th inning to make it 4-0.
Butler (13-13, 4-3) got a run back when Lucas Calderon doubled and scored on a double by his younger brother, Marcos. SLU answered with a run in each of the next two innings to pull ahead 6-1.
Freshman Mike Kseniak's RBI single up the middle cut the lead to 6-2. Butler made things interesting against Allemann in the bottom of the 8th, with senior Jack Dillon singling and scoring a run. The bases were loaded when SLU went to closer Marco Mejia. The Billiken closer got the last four outs in a row to record his third save and clinch the game for Saint Louis.
Junior Marco Caponi added a 2-for-3 effort for Butler, which was coming off a victory over Purdue three days prior. Sophomore Kyle Allen pitched 4.0 relief innings and allowed just one run. He put the Billikens down in order twice and allowed just one baserunner over the final two innings.
Butler and Saint Louis will play Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. Kyle Kramp will start for Butler against SLU's Nick Bates.