Bulldogs Rout Huntington, 18-0
March 13, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. - A six-run first inning was more than enough for the Bulldogs against NAIA foe Huntington, as five Butler pitchers combined for the team's second shut-out of the season while the offense collected 15 hits and 11 walks in an 18-0 upending of the Foresters on Tuesday (March 13) at Bulldog Park.
The Bulldogs got the only run they would need in the first on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Jason Jamerson. Butler picked up another run on an infield single by Matt Ferguson before Rick Betsch worked a bases-full walk to plate the third run of the inning.
A double to left by Brandon Tormoehlen a batter later cleared the bases for three RBI and a quick 6-0 Butler lead.
Butler would continue to pour the offense on, taking advantage of wildness by the Huntington pitching staff while collecting 15 hits in plating two runs in the second, one in both the third and fifth before erupting for six more in the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog pitching staff countered with a masterful performance, holding Huntington to just seven hits while walking none. Starting pitcher Ryan Kruszka picked up his first win of the year, scattering four Forester hits over 4.0 innings. Tyler Tepe followed with two shut-out frames, while Jamie Feldheiser, Evan DePotter and Jon Dages added scoreless innings of relief.
Five Butler players finished with two hits in the game, with Joel Matheny, Betsch and Tormoehlen each plating three runs.
Butler returns to action this weekend when it hosts the reigning Horizon League Tournament Champion Wright State beginning with a single game on Friday (March 16) at 3:00 p.m.