Butler Prepares for Mid-Week Contest at Purdue
April 14, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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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)
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)
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.
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Purdue vs. Butler Game One Recap
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
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.