Purdue Edges Butler in 10 Innings
April 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BUTLER BASEBALL RELEASE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An exciting ballgame between two quality teams went into extra innings on Wednesday night, but the Bulldogs were unable to pull off the win at Purdue as the Boilermakers recorded a 5-4 victory to pick up their eighth win of the season.
The game-winning run reached base in the bottom of the tenth inning with one out after being hit by a pitch. After reaching first, Jeff Evak stole second to get into scoring position. A single to left field moved Evak to third and a walk-off RBI single from Brandon Krieg proved to be the difference as Purdue completed the series sweep over Butler.
The scoring breakdown took off early as Butler took the 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Marcos Calderon walked and advanced to third after a single to center from Chris Maranto. With runners on the corners, Head Coach Steve Farley called for the double steal. Maranto was hosed down at second, caught stealing, but Calderon barreled home for the first run of the game.
Purdue would take their first lead of the game with two runs off two hits in the second inning. Evak highlighted the action with a two-RBI triple down the right field like that sent Kyle Wood and Mike Gaglianese to the plate.
Butler would answer with two runs of their own in the third. Three-straight singles kicked off the innings as Alex Horowitz, Austin Miller and Calderon all found room against the PU defense. The hitting outbreak caused a Boilermaker pitching change as Adam Dressler came in for Mike Lutz. The move helped PU as Dressler got Maranto to ground into a double play. The at-bat allowed Horowitz to score and for Miller to advance to third. The second run of the inning would come during the next batter as Quincy Quintero singled to right, scoring Miller.
Yet another run would score off a double-play ball as Purdue scored a single run in the bottom of the third. The Boilers would once again take the lead in the fourth after Conner Hudnall sent a solo shot over the wall in right.
The go-ahead homer wouldn't decide the game as Quintero racked up his second RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth. The effort was good enough to send the game into extras but not quite good enough to earn the victory as Butler falls to 14-21 on the season.
Each staff used a pitcher by committee strategy for the mid-week series as Joe Eichmann got the win and Will Schierholz was tagged with the loss.
Austin Miller was the player of the game for Butler as he produced a 3-for-5 game at the leadoff spot in the lineup. He scored a team-high two runs hitting in front of Calderon.
Brandon Kreig, Purdue's leadoff man, was equally as impressive as he went 4-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored against the 'Dogs.
With an off day Wednesday, Butler will return to the diamond to host Xavier in a three-game series beginning on Thursday, April 17. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.