April 20, 2008
Lorain, Ohio - For the second day in a row, the Bulldogs rallied in the ninth inning for a lead in the opening game of a double-header, but host Cleveland State managed to answer the challenge with two runs in the bottom of the inning to hold off Butler, 10-9, at the Pipe Yard on Sunday (April 20) afternoon. The Vikings completed the twin-bill sweep, rolling to an 8-1 win in the second game.
Butler battled CSU in a back-and-forth affair in the opening contest, as the Bulldogs built up as much as a 6-1 lead before trading the lead three more times in the final two innings.
After the Vikings took a 1-0, first inning lead on an unearned run, the Bulldogs responded with a two-run third inning. Butler put runners on second and third with one out before getting an RBI ground-out by Joe Pauley and a run-scoring single up the middle by Kyle Schultz to go up 2-1.
An RBI single by Jason Jamerson in the fourth pushed the Bulldogs ahead 3-1 before Butler plated three in the fifth to build up a five-run cushion. Three-straight singles by Alex Montagano, Pauley and Schultz brought one run across before Kyle McLaughlin added another on a sacrifice fly. The Bulldogs closed the scoring with an unearned run scoring from third on a throwing error by the CSU catcher.
The Vikings would respond with a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth to cut the lead to one, but an RBI single by Grant Fillipitch in the eighth gave the Bulldogs some extra breathing room with a 7-5 late in the game.
A costly error by Butler in the bottom of the eighth, however, would lead to three unearned runs that put CSU back in front, 8-7.
The Bulldogs responded to the challenge, as Colin Ziegel came through with a one-out RBI double down the left field line to tie the game back up before a single to left by Rick Betsch drove in the go-ahead run.
Cleveland State would again answer in its half of the inning, putting runners on first and second for John Brown, who plated the tying and winning runs on a double down the line in left.
The Bulldogs finished the game with 17 hits, including three from both Fillipitch and Schultz, but four errors in the field led to five unearned runs that proved to be the difference.
The Vikings struck early in the second game of the twin-bill, plating two in the first and three in the second en route to an 8-1 decision.
Butler pushed its only run across in the ninth, as an RBI ground-out by Betsch plated Nate Hart from third.
The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday (April 23) when it hosts Dayton in a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Bulldog Park.