March 16, 2008
Cookeville, Tenn. - Butler rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a three-run seventh inning, capped by a two-run double by Grant Fillipitch, to claim its first win of the season, topping host Tennessee Tech, 3-2, at Bush Stadium on Sunday (March 16).
With two down in the seventh, Kyle Schultz and Steve Darragh kept the inning alive after being hit by pitches. A walk to Brian Bajer loaded the bases for Colin Ziegel, who beat out a bouncer back toward the pitcher to plate the Bulldogs first run of the game.
Fillipitch followed Ziegel and ripped the very first offering of the at bat into left center for a double that plated pinch runner Luke Duncan and Bajer for the tying and go-ahead runs.
Tennessee Tech took an early lead in the third, scoring an unearned run on a single after putting a runner on second following a fielding error. The Golden Eagles added another in the sixth on a lead-off home run.
"We played a great series this past weekend against a very good Tennessee Tech team," head coach Steve Farley said. "We were just one big hit away from winning on Friday and the guys battled back with an outstanding performance on Sunday.
"I'm proud of the way our players have dealt with adversity over the early part of our non-conference schedule," Farley continued. "Over the past two weeks, we've had nine different players miss games due to injuries, dealt with brutal weather and poor field conditions and took on one of the top teams in the country in Kentucky without having been outside for a single practice.
"The past couple of weeks have been a great test of character for our team and I'm confident these guys will continue to work hard in every game we play."