Indianapolis, Ind. - Visiting Taylor rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to turn a one-run Butler advantage into a three-run deficit, as the Trojans claimed a 7-3 decision to spoil the Bulldogs' home opener on Tuesday (March 3) afternoon at Bulldog Park.
Butler took a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth - keyed by a pair of RBI doubles by Jason Jamerson and Luke Duncan - and carried the one-run margin into the seventh before Taylor took advantage of some wildness in the strike zone to plate four runs on three hits, two walks, two hit batters and a pair of wild pitches to take a 6-3 lead.
The loss sends the Bulldogs to 1-3 on the year, while Taylor improves to 4-3 overall.
The Bulldogs spotted themselves a 1-0 lead in the first, as Colin Ziegel stroked a one-out double down the line in left before coming across for the first run of the game on a two-out single through the left side by Grant Fillipitch.
Taylor evened the scoring in the second on a squeeze bunt before taking a 2-1 lead in the third on an RBI single to right.
Butler responded in their half of the fourth, as Bobby Mosser and Jamerson hit back-to-back doubles to plate the tying mark before Luke Duncan roped a two-base hit to deep right center to put the Bulldogs back in front, 3-2, with no one down.
A walk to Rick Betsch loaded the bases, but the Bulldogs would be unable to capitalize further, as Taylor worked a strikeout before inducing an inning-ending double-play.
The Trojans would then rally back thanks to a four-run seventh before adding another run in the eight to give them the final margin while the Taylor left-hander Zach Vander Laan held the Bulldogs to just one hit in the final four innings.
Jamerson, Mosser and Ziegel each finished with a pair of hits and a run each.
Butler returns to action on Wednesday (March 4) when it heads to Dayton, Ohio, for a 3:00 p.m. contest against the Flyers at Time Warner Cable Stadium.