Butler Slugs Way To Twin-Bill Sweep Of UW-Milwaukee
May 18, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. - It's good to be home.
After spending 20 of their last 23 games on the road, the Bulldogs acted as if they had never left their friendly confines at Bulldog Park, rapping 33 hits in two games in claiming a double-header sweep of visiting UW-Milwaukee on Friday (May 18) afternoon. Butler (22-29, 10-18 Horizon League) rallied in ninth inning of the opener for an 8-7 win before slugging its way to an 11-4 decision in the night-cap.
The Bulldogs spread the offense in both contests, as eight of Butler's nine starters collected at least one hit in the first game while seven starters contributed at least one in the second.
The Bulldogs staked themselves to an early lead in the opening contest, plating single runs in each of the first three innings.
Rick Betsch followed suit in the second frame, working a lead-off free pass before taking second after Tony Barnes was hit by a pitch, moving to third on a sac bunt by Ryan Neat and coming in on a single by Nate Hart.
The run manufacturing continued in the third, with Pauley singling to start the inning, moving up a base on a sac bunt, taking third on a single by Joe Dempsey and coming in on a ground-out by Betsch.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Brian Deter pitched brilliantly in the first four innings, allowing just a first-inning single.
UW-Milwaukee would rally back in the fifth, however, tying the game at 3-3 on a two-run single by Ryan Silver and an RBI ground-out by Jesse Hart.
The Panthers would jump ahead in the eighth, plating four runs on five hits to take a commanding 7-4 advantage, but the Bulldogs would respond in kind in the bottom of the frame to tie the score at 7-7, keyed on a bases-loaded, three-run double by Bucalo.
After a perfect top of the ninth by reliever Jeff Sinkiewicz, the Bulldogs returned to their run manufacturing in the bottom half. Neat drew a lead-off walk to start the inning and took second on a sac bunt by Chomicz. Bucalo followed with a single to left to move Neat to third before Pauley delivered the winning hit on a single to right center.
Bucalo finished the game with an impressive 5-for-6 performance at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring one. Pauley added three hits and three RBI, while Betsch and Neat scored twice.
A 1-0 first inning lead in the second contest would be the only lead for the Panthers on the day, as Josh Groves ripped a one-out RBI double to center to plate Silver for the early advantage.
Butler would come right back in the bottom half. Betsch and Pauley started the game with a single and double, respectively, before Betsch came in from third on a passed ball to tie the game. A sacrifice fly by Bucalo plated Pauley for what would be the final lead change of the night.
The Bulldogs boosted their lead to 4-1 in the second, as Betsch delivered a two-run single through the left side, before the Panthers earned one back in the top of the sixth.
That UWM run would prove to be moot, as Butler batted around in bottom of the frame to the tune of five runs on six hits.
After Neat led off the inning with a single, Dempsey crushed his team-leading sixth home run of the year to dead left field. Barnes would follow with a triple to the gap in left center before coming in on a single by Betsch. Betsch would later tally an unearned run on a throwing error before Chomicz completed the scoring with an RBI single through the left side.
Starting pitcher Jon Dages kept the Panthers in check over 7.0 innings despite allowing 11 hits. He finished with six strikeouts while walking just one.
Betsch provided the biggest offensive boost, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Neat added a 3-for-3 performance at the plate and three runs.
The Bulldogs close out the regular season on Saturday (May 19) when they host UW-Milwaukee in a double-header beginning at 12:00 noon. Butler will also honor its seven graduating seniors between the games of the twin-bill.