March 2, 2008

Offense Gets Going, But Bulldogs Fall At Kentucky, 12-4

March 2, 2008

Box Score

Lexington, Ky. - The Butler bats sprung to life in the final game of a four-game set at Kentucky, ripping a season-high nine hits and four runs, but the offense would fall short of the Wildcats' production as the Bulldogs dropped a 12-4 decision on Sunday (March 2) at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

A four-run, four-hit sixth inning keyed a come-from-behind attempt by Butler, which entered the frame trailing 8-0.

Back-to-back singles by Kyle Schultz and Nate Hart led off the inning before a ground-out by Rick Betsch put runners on second and third for Grant Fillipitch, who lined a single up the middle to plate the Bulldogs' first two runs of the contest.

After a walk by Ryan Neat, Joe Pauley ripped a base hit to right to bring Fillipitch across for the third run of the inning before a bases-loaded walk by Michael Letzter forced in the fourth to bring the Bulldogs to within 8-4.

Butler would get no closer in the contest, however, as Kentucky held the Bulldogs to just a pair of singles in the final three innings while adding insurance runs in the sixth and eighth to secure the win.

Hart led the team with three hits and a run scored, while Fillipitch plated a pair of runs on two hits. Pauley added two hits and an RBI.

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday (March 5) when they head to Dayton, Ohio, for a 2:00 p.m. contest against the Flyers.