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Butler Prepares for Mid-Week Contest at Purdue

April 14, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



BUTLER BASEBALL RELEASE

Projected Starters:
LHP Peter Nyznyk vs. TBD

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and Purdue will face off for the third time this season with a 5 p.m. first pitch set for Tuesday, April 15. The original schedule had Butler hosting this game, but Purdue's unplayable field back on March 19 switched that game to Bulldog Park, making this a road contest for the Bulldogs.

A Look at Butler (14-20)
Butler is coming off a tough road trip where the St. John's Red Storm claimed three victories over the 'Dogs at Kaiser Stadium. Ryan Wojciechowski and Austin Miller each performed well on the East Coast with Wojciechowski posting a .625 batting average and Miller going off for a 5-for-12 weekend that included two doubles and seven total bases.

Top pitching performances from Butler over the weekend came from Will Schierholz and Gunner Johnson. Schierholz didn't allow a run during his four appearances where he tossed five innings of relief baseball. He struck out four while limiting the opposition to just two hits. Johnson, last week's BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, put Butler in a position to win on Friday as he tossed 6.2 innings vs. St. John's ending the game with three strikeouts and three earned runs.

The Bulldogs will look to improve on their 1-11 road record behind the strong play of Chris Maranto and Marcos Calderon. Maranto recorded his first home run of the season against the Red Storm on Friday. He now leads the team in RBIs with 17. Calderon is now the only Butler player to start in all 34 contests. He is hitting .300 on the year with seven doubles, a triple and one home run.

Pitching Coach Miles Miller will use left-handed pitcher Peter Nyznyk on the mound vs. Purdue. Nyznyk is coming off an impressive win over Ball State last week where he tossed six full innings of action to pick up his second win on the mound this season. The junior limited the Cardinals to just two earned runs off three hits. He struck out four and didn't issue a single walk.

Season stats for Nyznyk include a 7.20 earned run average and 20 strikeouts. He has thrown 35 innings, surrendering 62 hits and 38 runs. Only 28 of the 38 runs scored were earned.

Scouting Purdue (7-24)
The Boilermakers are 7-24 overall with a 3-6 Big Ten record. Losers of eight of their last 10, Purdue has notched conference wins over Michigan State (5-3), Penn State (4-0) and Illinois (4-3). They also hold the upper hand against Butler in the 2014 series taking a 3-2 win on a neutral field in the first matchup of the season and most recently a 6-1 victory at Bulldog Park on March 19.

Kyle Wood and Sean McHugh highlight a Purdue offense that posts a .226 team batting average. Wood leads the team with a .301 batting average that includes seven doubles and two home runs. McHugh is just below the .300 mark, yet he leads the club in doubles with eight and in home runs with three.

Tuesday's starter for Purdue has not been released, but the Boilers will probably pick between a pair of right-handers in Adam Dressler or Gavin Downs. Dressler is 2-1 on the hill with a 6.00 ERA. He has 15 innings of work under his belt with seven strikeouts. The other option would be Downs who posts a 1-4 overall record to go along with a 4.47 ERA. He has 46.1 innings to his credit with 20 strikeouts in seven starts.

BIG EAST Standings
1) Xavier 6-0 BIG EAST, 20-14 Overall
2) Creighton 3-0 BIG EAST, 18-11 Overall
3) St. John's 4-2 BIG EAST, 20-13 Overall
4) Butler 2-4 BIG EAST, 14-20 Overall
5) Villanova 2-4 BIG EAST, 10-22 Overall
6) Seton Hall 1-2 BIG EAST, 25-7 Overall
7) Georgetown 0-6 BIG EAST, 12-20 Overall

BIG EAST Team Rankings
Team Batting – 4th (.257 BA)
Team Pitching – 6th (5.62 ERA)

BIG EAST Individual Rankings
Batting
Batting Average: Chris Maranto – T-7th (.333)
Hits: Marcos Calderon – T-5th (39)
Runs Scored: Marcos Calderon – T-6th (25)
Doubles: Quincy Quintero – T-5th (9)
Stolen Bases: Marcos Calderon – T-6th (7)
Walks: Nick Bartolone – 2nd (24); Marcos Calderon – T-3rd (20)
On-Base %: Chris Maranto – 7th (.431); Marcos Calderon – 10th (.409)

Pitching
ERA: Gunner Johnson – 8th (3.03)
Strikeouts: Eric Stout – 3rd (39)
Saves: Billy Laing – T-1st (6)
Opp. BA: Gunner Johnson – 4th (.221)
Appearances: Will Schierholz – T-4th (17); Billy Laing – T-6th (16)
Games Started: Eric Stout – T-1st (9)

Hitting Streaks
Austin Miller has a five-game hit streak heading into the Purdue game. Ryan Wojciechowski is close behind with four and two other Bulldogs have a two-game hit streaks to their credit. The longest hitting streak of the year belonged to Michael Fries who came up with a hit in 15-straight games earlier in the season. Fries currently holds the longest reached base streak on the team at 21.

Purdue vs. Butler Game One Recap
Butler and Purdue played for the first time this season on March 1 in Birmingham, Ala. at J.L. Griffin Field. The Boilermakers picked up their first win of the season with a 3-2 victory that came after scoring a single run in the third followed by two more runs in the fifth.

Butler held an early 1-0 lead with a single run in the bottom of the second and they attempted to pull off the comeback, but were only able to generate one run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Kyle Kramp was hit with the loss on the mound while Gavin Downs came in from the Purdue bullpen to earn the win.

The game was close throughout as each team recorded nine hits while leaving 10 runners on base. Alex Horowitz and Drew Small were responsible for the Butler RBIs in the game while Chris Maranto and Mike Kseniak scored the runs. Purdue was led by McHugh and Wood at the top of the order as each player recorded two hits on the day.

Purdue at Butler Game Recap
Purdue's second win of the season came at Butler as the Boilers put six runs on the scoreboard on March 19 compared to just one from BU. Gunner Johnson took the hill for Butler, tossing six full innings and striking out five. He allowed three earned runs off five hits. The win went to Adam Dressler of Purdue who gave up just one run off five hits.

Will Amador recorded the lone RBI of the game for Butler with Calderon coming around to score the run. Michael Fries led all players with two hits as the 'Dogs finished with six, compared to 10 from Purdue. Conner Hudnall broke the game open with three RBIs on the day to lead PU to victory. 

$2 Tuesday
Fans traveling to West Lafayette to attend the game between Butler and Purdue will be pleased to know that the Boilermakers run a Tuesday special with general admission tickets going on sale for just two dollars.


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