Butler Falls In Series Finale At Youngstown State, 8-4
Niles, Ohio - Butler rallied from five runs down with a three-run eighth inning to bring the contest to within two, but host Youngstown State would hold on down the stretch to claim an 8-4 decision over the Bulldogs in the series finale at Eastwood Field on Sunday (April 5) afternoon.
Trailing 6-1 in the top of the eighth, the Bulldogs used some two-out magic to pull to within two runs late.
Griffin Richeson got things started, picking up a two-out, pinch-hit single to keep the inning going. A throwing error by the YSU shortstop allowed Jason Jamerson to reach and move on to second while Richeson motored to third for Alex Montagano, who delivered a clutch two-out, two-run double down the right field line.
After Tim Matheson walked and Blaine DeCamp came in to run at second for Montagano, Rick Betsch ripped a double to left that brought DeCamp in with the third run of the inning, but Matheson was cut down at the plate to end the inning trying to score the fourth.
YSU would put the game out of reach in the bottom of the frame, scoring twice on three hits, while the Bulldogs would go down in order in the ninth.
Butler struck first in the contest, as Grant Fillipitch ripped a two-out RBI single to right that scored Betsch from second and gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Penguins countered in their half of the second, however, plating three runs on three hits, before adding two in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 6-1 advantage.
Betsch, Fillipitch and Montagano each finished with two hits apiece.
Butler returns to action on Tuesday (April 7) when it hosts Wabash beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Bulldog Park.