Indiana Tech Gets By Bulldogs, 7-6
March 27, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. - Indiana Tech benefited from seven extra base hits and the Bulldogs stranded 14 base-runners as the Warriors snuck past Butler, 7-6, at Bulldog Park on Tuesday (March 27).
Seven of Indiana Tech's 10 hits went for extra bases, including a pair of triples, as the Warriors rallied back from a 4-2 deficit with a three-run fourth inning and held on down the stretch with some crafty relief pitching.
The Bulldogs had their chances in the game, loading the bases on four occasions - including once with no outs - but was unable to put the game away.
Trailing 2-0 after the Warriors plated a pair on RBI doubles, the Bulldogs erupted for four runs in the third. Joel Matheny knotted the score with a two-run double with no outs in the inning before Kyle McLaughlin doubled with one down to bring in two more.
Butler was unable to get the ball out of the infield in the remainder of the inning, however, as a pair of fielder's choices spurned the scoring threat and left the bases jammed.
Meanwhile, Indiana Tech came back in the top of the fourth, taking the lead with three runs in the inning before adding single runs in the fifth and seventh.
Butler once again had opportunities to go ahead again in the game, as the first three batters of the fifth inning reached base via a pair of walks and a hit batter, but the Warriors escaped the threat unscathed thanks to force out at the plate, a strike-out and a fly-out.
The Bulldogs cut into the deficit in the seventh, scoring a pair of two-out unearned runs on a single and a wild pitch, but Indiana Tech once again stymied the Butler rally with the bases full by working out of the inning.
The Warriors received an outstanding relief effort from closer Garrett Wiejak, who yielded only one hit in the final 2.1 innings for his fifth save of the season.
Tyler Szymczak, in his first collegiate appearance, gave the Bulldogs every opportunity for a win in relief, allowing just one run on three hits in 4.0 innings of relief. Matt Sokolowski finished the game with a hitless ninth.
Rick Betsch tallied the Bulldogs' only multi-hit performance of the game, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Butler returns to action on Wednesday (March 28) when it hosts IPFW beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Bulldog Park.