Pittsburgh Defeats Butler 15-7 in South Carolina
February 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BUTLER SPORTS RELEASE
SPARTANBURG, S.C. –The Bulldogs fell to 1-2 on the year with a 15-7 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon at King Field. Butler led 4-2 after the first inning, but a three-run second and six-run fourth inning would lead the Panthers to their second win of the season.
Despite giving up two runs in the top of the first inning, Butler took an early lead vs. Pitt on Friday by putting together a nice bottom half of the inning. Three-straight singles put the 'Dogs on the scoreboard as Chris Maranto, Marcos Calderon and Michael Fries all reached base. Maranto started the streak with a base-knock through the left side and Calderon followed with a shot to left. Fries picked up an RBI with a single to center that allowed Maranto to score.
Butler wasn't done as Ryan Wojciechowski delivered a two-RBI double to right centerfield that sent Calderon and Fries to the dish. The final run of the inning would be unearned as Wojciechoski took advantage of an error by the Pitt shortstop.
An offensive explosion in the fourth inning decided the outcome as Pittsburgh scored six runs on seven hits, highlighted by a three-RBI home run from Vazquez. Butler was able to add a run off an RBI single from Calderon, but the damage had been done as BU faced a 11-5 deficit heading into the final half of the game.
Both teams would stay off the scoreboard until the eighth as an RBI double from Wolsonovich would add yet another run to the Panther total. Butler countered immediately with a solo shot from Austin Miller that cleared the fence down the leftfield line. Butler's second home run of the game would come in the same inning as Calderon homered to left with two outs in the inning.
Pittsburgh would end the game with 21 hits by adding three more in the ninth inning pushing their lead to 15-7. The top of the order was deadly for the Panthers as the top four hitters combined for nine hits and nine RBIs. The Pitt hit leader happened to be at the very bottom of the lineup as Wolsonovich went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Calderon led Butler from the plate with a 4-for-5 performance that included two RBIs and two runs scored. Fries was 2-for-4 from the plate with one RBI and one run scored while Wojciechowski finished the game 1-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored.
Eric Stout had a rocky second start of the season for the Bulldogs as he surrendered 11 runs off 12 hits in just three innings of work. He was replaced on the hill by Will Schierholz who did a great job against Pitt by limiting the Panthers to just four hits and zero runs. Jeff Shank was the final Bulldog to grace the rubber as he tossed the final three innings. Shank allowed four runs off five hits. He was the team's strikeout leader by fanning four.
Butler will stay in Spartanburg to face Wofford tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.