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Butler Falls In Series Opener To Youngstown State

March 24, 2007

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Indianapolis, Ind. - A four-run fourth inning by Youngstown State proved to be the difference on Saturday (March 24) afternoon, as Butler fell to the Penguins, 8-4, at Bulldog Park. The two teams began the second game of a planned double-header, finishing the second inning before lightning and impending rain forced the suspension of the contest.

The Penguins struck for 17 hits in the series opener, which was postponed from its originally scheduled Friday game day.

After YSU struck for single runs in the second and third innings, the Bulldogs rallied for three runs and their only lead of the contest in their half of the third frame.

After Jason Jamerson led of with a walk and moved to third on a sac bunt and a ground-out, Dustin Bucalo delivered a two-out, first-pitch triple to the gap in right center for the Bulldogs' first run of the contest. An ensuing double to right by Joe Pauly tallied Bucalo for the tying run while a first-pitch single by Colin Ziegel brought Pauley around for the go ahead score.

The advantage would be short-lived, however, as YSU tagged starting pitcher Bryan Bokowy for four runs in the fourth, coming on three two-out hits.

Apart from the rough fourth frame, Bokowy pitched admirably in the contest, walking only one in 7.1 innings. YSU starter Lucas Engle countered with a complete-game performance, allowing just three earned runs on six hits while striking out 10.

The Penguins plated unearned runs in the first and second innings of the second game of the day before lighting and impending rain forced the postponement of the game until Sunday (March 25). The game will be resumed in the top of the third inning beginning at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by the series finale.