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Kyle Cox scored the Bulldogs' first run of the game against Marian.
Kyle Cox scored the Bulldogs' first run of the game against Marian.
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Butler Holds Off Marian, 5-4

April 24, 2007

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Indianapolis, Ind. - Nearly everyone on the roster had a hand in the Bulldogs' Tuesday (April 24) evening contest against cross-town rival Marian, as Butler scored all of their runs early and held off the Knights for a 5-4 victory.

Twenty-six Bulldogs saw action in the contest, including eight pitchers, as Butler notched its 14th win of the season.

After spotting the Knights an early 1-0 advantage, the Bulldogs took advantage of a pair of costly errors in the second inning in scoring four runs with the final three coming unearned.

Kyle Cox led off the frame with a single to right and, after being balked to second, came around to score the tying run on a single by Craig Federer. Federer then moved to second on a ground out and came all the way home after the Marian shortstop threw wildly attempting to make a play on a grounder by Austin Nickol.

With Nickol on second and Geoff Ritter on first after being hit by a pitch, a wild pitch moved the pair of runners up a base while an errant throw by the catcher on the same play brought Nickol home and put Ritter on third. Ritter plated the final run of the inning on a ground-out by Rick Betsch.

Butler added a crucial insurance run in the third, as Joe Pauley came in from third on an RBI ground-out by Matt Ferguson.

Marian would not go away, however, plating runs in the second, sixth and seventh to cut the lead to one, but the Bulldogs would hold off the comeback attempt for the win.

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday (April 25) when they take on Cincinnati beginning at 6:30 p.m.