Late-Inning Offense Surges Bulldogs Past Warriors, 17-11
April 8, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler struck for eight runs on eight hits in the seventh inning of a non-conference game against Indiana Tech to rally from a four-run deficit before claiming a 17-11 victory over the Warriors at Bulldog Park on Tuesday (April 8) afternoon.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 7-17 on the year with the win, totaled 19 hits in the contest, 14 of which were singles. Indiana Tech, meanwhile, falls to 20-14 overall.
Butler entered the seventh inning on the short end of a 9-5 game after Indiana Tech scored in each of the first five frames, including three-run spots in the third and fifth.
After a lead-off walk to Kyle McLaughlin, Kyle Schultz stepped to the plate for his first at bat of the game and stroked the first pitch he saw to the gap in left center for an RBI double. A walk to Alex Montagano and a single by Grant Fillipitch loaded the bases before a one-out liner by Kevin Rotherham nicked off the pitcher's glove for a single that allowed Schultz to cross to cut the lead to 9-7.
Ryan Neat followed with the biggest hit of the night, roping a double to right center that cleared the bases and gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the afternoon.
Schultz returned to the plate for the second time in the inning two batters later and, as he did in his first plate appearance, came through in the clutch with an RBI single right center.
Errors proved to be costly to the Bulldogs in the early going, as the Warriors scored five runs, two unearned, in the first three frames to jump to a 5-1 lead.
Butler responded in the bottom of the third, as back-to-back singles by Pauley and Ziegel put runners on first and third for Jason Jamerson, who plated Pauley with a one-out single to right center. Montagano followed with a single of his own that scored Ziegel before a double to left by Fillipitch brought around both Jamerson and Montagano to bring the game even at 5-5.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as Indiana Tech responded with a run in the fourth before adding three more in the fifth to take a 9-5 advantage.
Fillipitch led the Bulldogs at the plate, tying a school record and becoming just the 11th player in school history to collect five hits in a game. He finished the afternoon with a perfect 5-for-5 clip while adding two runs scored and two RBI.
Ziegel chipped in a 4-for-6 performance with a team-high four RBI and two runs scored, while Neat added three RBI and two runs.
Four other Bulldogs finished with two hits in the game, including Jamerson, Montagano, Pauley and Schultz.
Tyler Tepe picked up the victory in relief, allowing just one hit in a scoreless seventh inning.
Butler returns to action on Friday (April 11) when it hosts league foe Wright State beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Bulldog Park.