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BUTLER LOSES TO WOFFORD

February 23, 2014
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Butler baseball team took a 6-2 loss at Wofford on Saturday afternoon, moving their overall record to 1-3 overall. The 'Dogs returned to King Field to face Terriers after dropping a high scoring contest vs. Pittsburgh a day ago. This outcome was much different as Butler was limited to just three hits compared to 12 from the home team.

Marcos Calderon recorded two of Butler's three hits on the day. He recorded a double to right centerfield in the first inning, the only extra base hit of the day for BU, and finished the contest with a single in the third. Butler's final hit of the day came in the fifth as Marco Caponi led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield.

Neely was the player of the game for the Terriers as he paced the club with a 4-for-4 effort from the plate. The second baseman ended the day with a home run, two stolen bases, three RBIs, and three runs scored.

Chris Maranto and Austin Miller each recorded an RBI for the Bulldogs, but BU couldn't come up with timely hits as the team left nine runners on base.

Wofford was able to keep Butler off-balance by using five pitchers during the game. Leftwich made the start, but he was replaced after 4.2 innings of work by Foltyn who got the Terriers out of the inning. Leftwich walked three, but struck out four. Each of his runs were earned on the day. Following Foltyn on the rubber was Huber for one inning then Stillman. The final Terrier to grace the mound was Eck who tossed the final 1.2 innings.

Kyle Kramp made the start for Butler. The senior struck out six batters in 4.1 innings of action, but was hit with four earned runs off nine hits. Billy Laing came in for the final 3.2 innings of the day and held Wofford to two runs off three hits.

The scoring started in the first inning for the home team as Wofford scored a pair of runs off two doubles. Neely hit the first one to centerfield to send Hyman home and Jennings would make the game 2-0 with his double down the leftfield line to score Neely.

Caponi chipped away at the lead with a run in the third inning for Butler. Caponi drew a walk and then stole second base to get into scoring position. A groundout from Marras would move him to third and a sacrifice fly from Maranto would put BU on the scoreboard.

Wofford countered with two runs off four hits in the bottom of the inning. A pair of RBI singles would extend the lead as Brenk and Waln each recorded an RBI.

Butler was once again aggressive on the base paths in the fourth inning as Wojciechowski drew a walk and stole second base. He moved to third on a groundout and scored the second run of the game with Miller at the plate.

The Wofford lead would expand once again in the seventh as Neely's hot game continued with a two-RBI homer that pushed the score to 6-2. With the win, Wofford improved to 3-3 on the season.

Butler will end their road trip with an away contest vs. S.C. Upstate on Sunday, Feb. 23. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.


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