Sokolowski Deals As Bulldogs Shut-Down Musketeers, 4-1
May 16, 2007
Cincinnati, Ohio - What was supposed to be a mid-week, non-conference all-staff day quickly became Matt Sokolowski day, with the sophomore left-hander turning in a commanding seven-inning performance for his first-career collegiate victory, as the Bulldogs claimed a 4-1 decision at Xavier on Wednesday (May 16) afternoon.
Sokolowski, making his first start of the year, hand-cuffed the Musketeers on four hits in seven frames, facing the minimum while allowing just a bunt single through the first four innings.
Meanwhile, Butler jumped ahead with a run in the first inning on three-straight singles to open the frame. Ricky Chomicz led off with a single to left, took second on a bouncer through the left side by Joe Pauley and came around to score the first run of the game on shot to left center by Dustin Bucalo.
Rick Betsch gave the Bulldogs a two-run lead in the fourth, working a one-out single before taking second on a ground out and coming home on a clutch RBI single up the middle by Ryan Neat. Neat brought Betsch in once more in the sixth, hitting into an RBI ground-out to stake the Bulldogs to a 3-0 advantage.
Sokolowski's lone blemish on the afternoon came the way of a lead-off home run in the bottom of the seventh by Jordan Wolf.
Pauley would earn the run back in the ninth, however, lining his fifth home run of the season over the fence in right.
Sokolowski finished the contest allowing just four hits, with only two leaving the infield, while walking just one and striking out two. Joe Ochs relieved in the eighth and yielded just one hit in earning his first save of the year.
Pauley registered a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, while Neat added a 2-for-4 trek with two RBI.
The Bulldogs return home for the first time in nearly a month when they close out the regular season this weekend with a four-game set against UW-Milwaukee, beginning with a 12:00 noon double-header on Friday (May 18).