Bulldogs Fall to Purdue in Mid-Week Contest
March 20, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BUTLER SPORTS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team faced Purdue for the second time this season with a 3:30 first pitch matchup against the Boilermakers at Bulldog Park. The 'Dogs were defeated by the final score of 6-1 as Purdue grabbed their second win of the season.
Michael Fries went 2-for-4 from the plate for Butler and Will Amador recorded the team's lone RBI with a double in the bottom of the sixth, but the Bulldogs couldn't keep Purdue off the scoreboard as Butler falls to 7-12 on the year. Kyle Johnson and Conner Hudnall led PU to victory as Johnson went 3-for-4 from the dish with two runs scored and an RBI. Hudnall came up with two clutch hits as he led the team with three RBIs.
Sean McHugh scored the first run of the game off an RBI single from Johnson. The lead would soon double as Hudnall grabbed his first RBI of the day with a single to center that allowed Johnson to come around and score.
Hudnall pushed the lead to 4-0 with a double to right centerfield in the top of the sixth. Johnson and Kyle Wood scored with just one out in the inning. Butler got out of trouble with a pop up and a strikeout to end the inning.
Butler pushed their lone run across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs against them. Marcos Calderon singled through the right side to keep the inning alive and Fries delivered a single to centerfield that advanced Calderon to third base.
Amador's double down the leftfield line moved Fries to third and Calderon to home plate. The Boilermakers made a pitching change after the hit and ended the inning with a strikeout during the next at-bat.
Purdue added a single run in the seventh and one more in the eighth to cushion their lead. Adam Dressler earned his first win of the year on the mound while Joe Eichmann and Kyle Wood also got some action on the bump.
Gunner Johnson was hit with the loss for Butler pushing his overall record to 1-2 early in the 2014 season. Johnson tossed six full innings and struck out five batters. He walked two while giving up five hits. Danny Pobereyko, Kyle Allen and Will Schierholz finished the job on the hill for BU. Each student-athlete threw one inning.
Butler will return to action with a three-game series against Western Illinois this weekend. The games have been moved to Lenz Field in Jacksonville, Ill. The turf facility is located roughly an hour from Macomb, Ill. Game one will be played Friday at 1 p.m. Games two and three will be on Sunday, March 23. The doubleheader will feature a seven inning game, followed by a nine inning contest. No game will be played on Saturday.