Cincinnati Tops Butler, 7-1

April 16, 2008

Box Score

Indianapolis, Ind. - A two-run first inning was all that visiting Cincinnati would need, as the Bearcats held Butler hitless through the first four innings before claiming a 7-1 decision at Bulldog Park on Wednesday (April 16) afternoon.

Cincinnati used some timely hitting and base-running to manufacture a pair of runs in the opening frame to go up 2-0.

Meanwhile, starting pitcher Kevin Johnson held the Bulldogs without a hit until Ryan Neat opened up the fifth inning with a hard single up the middle to break-up the no-no. Grant Fillipitch followed with a two-out infield single before Alex Montagano walked to load the bases, but Johnson induced an inning-ending ground-out to halt the threat.

RBI doubles in the sixth and seventh pushed the Bearcats out to a 4-0 lead before Butler got on the board in the bottom of the seventh.

Fillipitch doubled to the gap in left center with one down before moving to third on a fielding error. A fielder's choice by Colin Ziegel brought Fillipitch in to score the Bulldogs' first run of the game.

It would be as close as Butler would get, however, as Cincinnati took advantage of three bases-loaded walks in the ninth to put the game away.

Fillipitch finished the game with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, while Kyle Schultz chipped in a pair of hits. Ziegel saw his season-best 10-game hitting streak come to an end, going 0-for-4 with an RBI.

Eight pitchers toed the rubber in the game for the Bulldogs, with Jamie Feldheiser, Chris Denney, Tyler Tepe and Evan DePotter each making scoreless appearances.

Butler returns to action on Saturday (April 19) when it takes on Horizon League foe Youngstown State in a double-header beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.