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Purdue Holds Off Butler 3-2

March 2, 2014


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Butler baseball team went toe-to-toe with the Purdue Boilermakers on the diamond Saturday morning at Joe Lee Griffin Field. Butler scored the first and last run of the game, but it wasn't enough as the Boilermakers edged the Bulldogs 3-2.

Butler (1-6) got on the scoreboard first with a single run in the bottom of the second inning. Back-to-back singles started the offense as Mike Kseniak and Quincy Quintero each reached base with hits back through the infield. Haan loaded up the bases by hitting Austin Miller and the first run of the game would be scored by Kseniak as Alex Horowitz was also hit by Haan.

After hitting two consecutive batters, Haan was replaced on the mound by Downs. The strategy paid off for Purdue (1-6) as Downs got Chris Maranto to ground into a double play to end the inning.

The momentum stayed with Purdue in the top of the third as one swing of the bat tied the game 1-1. Strong drew a walk as the leadoff man and McHugh drove the ball down the leftfield line for an RBI double.

A costly error in the top of the fifth helped Purdue score two runs to grab a 3-1 advantage. McHugh hit a one-out single to left with Wood on deck. Wood connected on a single to right that scored McHugh. The throw to the plate was too late as Wood was able to advance to second on the throw. Hudnall's single through the right side of the infield would send the second run in as Wood came to the dish to increase the lead.

Butler would cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the ninth, but McElroy slammed the door shut as he earned his first save of the season. Maranto kept Butler alive with a two-out double down the right field line. He scored shortly after on an RBI single from Drew Small. McElroy entered the game and forced a groundball for the final out of the game.

Each team recorded nine hits in the contest, but the costly error in the fifth would be the turning point. Downs recorded the win for Purdue while Kramp was hit with the loss. Kramp tossed five innings and struck out four batters. Jeff Schank and Billy Laing also took the mound for BU. Shank looked good for Butler as he limited Purdue to just one hit in three innings of work. Laing was equally as impressive in his only inning as he shut Purdue out in the ninth. 

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