March 26, 2008
Louisville, Ky. - Butler got another outstanding effort on the mound, as the pitching staff held host Louisville nearly five runs below its season average, but the Cardinals came up with the clutch hits when they needed it in extra innings to take a 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday (March 26) afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville, which entered the contest averaging 7.9 runs per game, was held to just two through the first 10 innings before pushing across the deciding mark in the bottom of the 11th.
Butler took an early lead in the game thanks to some two-out hitting in the second. Jason Jamerson got things going with a single to left before Alex Montagano walked to put runners on first and second for Michael Letzter, who lined a single up the middle to bring Jamerson across for the first run of the afternoon.
Louisville would come back to tie the game in the third on an RBI single by Josh Richmond before taking the lead in the fourth on a fielder's choice.
The Bulldogs picked up an unearned run in the seventh to bring the contest back to even at 2-2. Letzter led off with a single to center, took second on a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Rotherham and came in to score after an errant throw by the second baseman allowed Joe Pauley to reach base with two done.
The game would remain deadlocked until the 11th, although the Bulldogs would have their chances late. Butler put runners on first and second with one down in the 10th before the Cardinals induced an inning-ending double-play. The Bulldogs would also get the go-ahead run on third with two down but would fail to cash in.
UL would end the game in the bottom of the frame, however, as a two-out RBI single down the left field line brought the winning run home.
Jeff Sinkiewicz worked a strong five innings as the starter, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking none. Evan DePotter tossed two scoreless innings, while Bryan Bokowy added a no-hit frame in the eighth.
Tyler Szymczak was the hard-luck loser in the campaign, scattering five hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Letzter finished with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate with a run scored and an RBI, while Ryan Neat added a pair of hits.
Butler returns to action on Friday (March 28) when it opens a three-game set against league foe Milwaukee at Bulldog Park.