Indianapolis, Ind. - An eight-run first inning by visiting Dayton, coupled with heavy rains in the area that limited the game to just five innings, proved to be too much for the host Bulldogs to overcome, as Butler dropped a 10-4 contest to the Flyers on Tuesday (March 31) afternoon at Victory Field.
Playing in persistent showers for most of the game, the Bulldogs fell behind early and quickly after the Flyers sent 12 men to the plate to post eight runs on seven hits - including four for extra bases - in the opening frame to take a commanding lead before Butler had a chance to bat.
Butler earned one back in their half of the frame, as Kyle Schultz reach on a one-out single, took second after Colin Ziegel was hit by a pitch and came in to score after a throw by the Dayton second baseman in an attempt to turn a double play eluded the first baseman and allowed the Bulldog junior to scamper home.
The Bulldogs picked up two more in the third, as Blaine DeCamp and Schultz led off the frame with back-to-back singles and Grant Fillipitch drew a one-out walk to load the bases for Steve Kaffel, who roped a two-run single to right to pull Butler to within five at 8-3. Dayton would end the threat, however, after striking out the next two batters to close the inning.
Schultz returned to the plate in the fourth and came through again, lining a two-out RBI single to left that plated Mike Hoscheit from second and put the Bulldogs within striking distance at 8-4.
The Flyers - and the weather - would not be on Butler's side, however, as Dayton picked up a pair of insurance runs in the top of the fifth before the rain picked up in the bottom of the frame and made the field unplayable. Butler managed to load the bases with two down in their half of the inning, but Dayton would escape unscathed after recording an inning- and game-ending strikeout.
Butler finished with 10 hits in the game, including three from Schultz and two from Jason Jamerson.
The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday (April 1) when it hosts Franklin beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Bulldog Park.