Early Offense, Revolving-Door Pitching Helps Bulldogs Past IPFW, 7-3
May 9, 2007
Fort Wayne, Ind. - Butler used an early offensive surge, with eight of the team's 13 hits coming in the first three innings, while a parade of pitchers held IPFW in check as the Bulldogs (19-26) notched their fourth-straight win in topping the Mastodons, 7-3, on Wednesday (May 9) afternoon.
The Bulldogs, winners in seven of their last nine contests, scored all the runs they would need in the first three frames.
Rick Betsch got things going in the first, leading off with a single, taking second on a wild pitch and moving to third on a passed ball. A single to left by Dustin Bucalo plated Betsch for the early lead.
One-out RBI singles by Joe Pauley and Bucalo in the second plated Jason Jamerson and Betsch for Butler's second and third runs, while a sacrifice fly by Ryan Neat in the third gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 advantage.
Bucalo returned to the plate in the sixth inning with Betsch on base once more and hammered his second home run of the season over the right field fence. Pauley followed suit in the eighth, hitting a one-out solo shot to right-center for his fourth long ball of the year.
A three-run home run by Jared Davis in the bottom of the eighth cut the Mastodon's deficit to four, but IPFW could get no closer.
Butler used nine pitchers in the game, with each working a single inning. Junior Jon Dages earned the win, his team-best fifth of the year, in working a scoreless opening frame.
Bucalo finished the night with a 3-for-4 clip at the plate, collecting four RBI and adding a run scored. Betsch also finished with three hits and scored three times, while Pauley picked up a pair of hits and two RBI.
Butler returns to action on Friday (May 11) when they head to Chicago for a 7:05 p.m. ET contest against UIC at Les Miller Field.