SLU Rallies In 9th To Defeat Butler
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Saint Louis scored seven unanswered runs in the late innings to grab a 7-5 victory over the Butler baseball team on Sunday. SLU, now 8-1 in A-10 play, swept the three-game weekend series.
With the game tied 5-5 in the 9th inning, SLU got an infield single and a sacrifice bunt to start the rally. After BU intentially walked Alex Kelly, Danny Brennan singled to load the bases. Senior closer Chase Byerly struck out the next SLU batter for two outs, but Mike Vigliarolo lined a hit to right-center to score to runs. The Saint Louis comeback was completed by the first baseman Vigliarolo, who was 1-for-13 in the series before the clutch two-run single.
Senior Lucas Calderon hit two doubles and scored twice to lead Butler. His brother, Marcos, went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. Sophomore Austin Miller scored twice, had a bunt single and was hit by pitch twice.
The Bulldogs (13-15, 4-5) built a 5-0 lead in the first half of the game, taking advantage of sloppy defense by Saint Louis. After Lucas Calderon double and Miller reached in the bottom of the 3rd, a throwing error opened the door for BU to strike for three runs. Michael Fries and Patrick Guinane each had sac flies and Butler led 3-0.
Lucas Calderon doubled again in the 4th inning to start another rally. On third base, the Butler second baseman broke for home when Miller took off for second. Saint Louis threw the ball away on the play and Calderon scored to make it 4-0. An RBI single by Marcos Calderon put Butler ahead 5-0.
Saint Louis erased the lead in the top of the 5th and 8th innings. A two-run double by Bozarth in the 5th cut BU's lead to 5-2. SLU scored three times in the top of the 8th with RBI singles by Brennan and Mike Levine. There was also a sac fly by Jordan Hammerman in the inning, which saw the Billikens tie the game 5-5. In all, Saint Louis scored five times in the final two innings to escape with the win.
Butler got a quality start out of Billy Laing, who struck out six over 6.0 innings. He allowed two runs and three hits. Laing left the game with a 5-2 lead.
Butler is scheduled to play Earlham at home Wednesday, April 10 at 3 p.m. Next weekend's conference schedule is a three-game series at Dayton.