Broncos Beat Bulldogs 11-1 in Series Opener

Broncos Beat Bulldogs 11-1 in Series Opener
Pat Guinane

INDIANAPOLIS – The Western Michigan Broncos defeated Butler by the final score of 11-1 on Friday afternoon. Butler scored the first run of the game, but it wouldn't be enough as the Broncos opened up a large lead with a three run sixth and four more runs in the eighth.

Friday's contest marked the first home loss of the season for Butler. The two teams played at Bishop Chatard H.S. to open the series, but the action will move to Bulldog Park on Saturday.

Sunday's forecast of possible snow showers has changed the weekend schedule as Butler and Western Michigan will now play a doubleheader on Saturday. Game one will start at 1 p.m., yet it will be a seven inning contest. Game two of the doubleheader will be played shortly after the completion of game one. It will be a full nine inning game.

Butler will have to get their bats going on Saturday as the Broncos limited BU to just three hits on Friday. Steve Laudicina was very impressive on the hill for Western Michigan as he tossed a three-hit, one-run complete game. He stuck out five and only walked one to earn his second win of the season.

Eric Stout was hit with the loss for Butler. Stout struck out a game-high eight batters in 5.2 innings of work but he surrendered seven runs off eight hits.

Will Schierholz, Bobby Napoleon and Jacob Dzubay finished off the game for Butler tossing one inning each. Schierholz technically went 1.1 innings as he replaced Stout on the hill to close out the top of the sixth.

Marcos Calderon, Michael Fries and Pat Guinane rounded out the hit total for Butler. Fries came up with a lead-off double to right center in the sixth, but he was left stranded following three quick outs. The Bulldogs scored their lone run in the first inning off a throwing error by the Bronco second baseman.  Will Amador reached on the play while Marcos Calderon scored after he singled in his first at bat.

Five players recorded a multi-hit game for Western Michigan with Brett Sunde leading the charge. Sunde smashed a home run over the wall in left field and also recorded a double. Butler will try to slow down the Broncos tomorrow as the two teams square off in doubleheader action.