Niles, Ohio - Early offense by host Youngstown State proved to be the difference in a pair of contests on Saturday (April 4) afternoon at Eastwood Field, as the Bulldogs fell to the Penguins, 6-1, in the opener before dropping a 12-2 game in the finale.
Youngstown State posted six runs through the first five innings before the Bulldogs got on the board in the opener, before the Penguins scored six through the first three frames of the second contest to help turn back Butler.
The Penguins picked up nine of their 13 hits in the first four-plus innings en route to a 6-0 lead through five.
The Bulldogs tallied their lone run in the seventh, as Blaine DeCamp walked before taking second on a wild pitch. Rick Betsch followed with a single to left center to put runners on first and third for Mike Hoscheit, who hit a deep fly-out to left that brought DeCamp home.
David Dennemann worked an impressive 4.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just four hits while striking out three and walking none.
In the night cap, Youngstown State plated two in the first, one in the second and three in the third to take a 6-0 lead in the contest.
Butler picked up a run of its own in the fourth, as an infield single by Grant Fillipitch and walks by DeCamp and Alex Montagano loaded the bases with two down for Steve Darragh, who struck out swinging but reached first on after the third-strike eluded the YSU catcher and allowed Fillipitch to come home with the Bulldogs' first run of the game.
The Penguins would put the game away in the sixth, however, taking advantage of five hits and a Butler error to score five runs and give themselves a 12-1 cushion.
The Bulldogs picked up another run in the top of the ninth, as Hoscheit singled, moved to second on a groundout, took third on a single by Brian Padove and crossed the plate on a wild pitch, but the Butler scoring would end there.
Butler concludes the three-game set at Youngstown State on Sunday (April 5) beginning at 12:00 noon.