Four-Run Eighth Gives Butler 7-4 Come-From-Behind Victory Over Marian
March 20, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler rallied for four runs in the eighth inning against Marian on Tuesday (March 20) as the Bulldogs claimed a 7-4 victory over the Knights at Bulldog Park. Butler took advantage of some wildness by the Marian pitching staff and some aggressive base-running paved the way for the Bulldogs' win over the cross-town foe.
The Bulldogs rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game at three-apiece before the Knights claimed a 4-3 advantage on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly by Kevin Shepherd.
Meanwhile, Marian reliever Patrick Midla was cruising through the Butler line-up after entering in the fourth, holding the Bulldogs to just one run over four innings.
That all changed in the eighth, as Jason Jamerson led off with a 3-2 single to center before taking second on a sac bunt by Nate Hart. Midla got close to working out of the inning after working a fly-out for the second out, but Joe Pauley brought Jamerson around with a single to left to tie the game at 4-4.
Butler took the lead one batter later, as Tony Barnes lined a single through the right side with Pauley running to bring the go-ahead run around from first.
After Midla exited to give way to Ricky Parrish, Ricky Chomicz stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter and delivered an RBI double to the gap in right center. Chomicz then stole third and came in on a single by Joel Matheny.
Joe Ochs claimed the win in his first appearance of the year, yielding one run on four hits while striking out three in 5.0 innings of relief.
The Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, as Marian put runners on first and third with one down before Mike Keltz drilled a double to right center to clear the bases. Marian picked up one more on a two-out, RBI double by Josh Terrell in the second.
Butler climbed back to tie the game, scoring single runs in the second, third and fourth before the Knights broke the deadlock in the sixth.
Barnes paced the Bulldogs at the plate with a 4-for-5 performance with three runs scored. Joe Dempsey added two hits, while six different Butler players finished with an RBI.
The Bulldogs' late offense made up for 13 stranded base-runners in the contest, including a bases-loaded situation in the second and three other innings with a pair left on.
Butler returns to action on Wednesday (March 21) when they head to Dayton for a 3:30 p.m. contest against the Flyers.