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Bulldogs to Play at Northern Kentucky Wednesday

May 7, 2014


Projected Starters:
LHP Peter Nyznyk vs. RHP Kyle Colletta

INDIANAPOLIS – The month of May will begin with a road test at Northern Kentucky for the Butler baseball team. The Bulldogs will face the Norse at the newly renovated Bill Aker Baseball Complex at Friendship Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

A Look at Butler (17-26)
The Bulldogs are coming off a slow week with just one game and no BIG EAST contests. With final exams now in the rearview mirror, the Bulldogs shift their focus to the final weeks of the season starting with a single game at Northern Kentucky.

Marcos Calderon and Chris Maranto lead the high-powered offense into Wednesday's tilt, each with a batting average over .300. Calderon is the only Bulldog to suit up in and start all 43 games for Head Coach Steve Farley. He leads the club in multiple statistical categories including hits (49), runs scored (31), home runs (2), RBIs (19) total bases (66) base on balls (25) and stolen bases (9).

Pitching Coach Miles Miller will give the start to Peter Nyznyk on Wednesday. The left-hander recently picked up his third win of the season with a decision over Kalamazoo last week. He tossed two innings of perfect baseball with one strikeout in the rain-shortened game. On the year, Nyznyk holds a 7.06 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched.

Scouting Northern Kentucky (13-31)
The Norse have a below average overall record, yet the team remains dangerous with high quality wins over Ball State and Xavier on their resume. NKU won at home vs. Ball State by the final score of 4-3 on April 2 and they split back-to-back games with the Musketeers, taking a 17-8 win over Xavier on April 22, followed by a 6-3 loss the next day.

Jordan Procyshen and Cole Bauml give the Norse plenty of power in the lineup as each player has totaled over 30 RBIs on the season thanks to their high home run numbers. Procyshen has a team-high 10 home runs on the year with 30 RBIs. A starter in all 44 contests, Procyshen is batting .278 on the year with nine doubles and 90 total bases. Bauml is second on the team with seven home runs, yet he leads the club with 33 RBIs. He is one of four players to tally 13 doubles or more on the year and is third on the team with 83 total bases.

RHP Kyle Colletta will take the mound on Wednesday with a 0-4 record that includes a 6.66 earned run average. Colletta has been limited to just 25.2 innings of work on the season. He has 12 strikeouts, but has been tagged with three-straight losses recently with the opposition batting .340 against him.

BU vs. NKU 2013 Results
Butler and Northern Kentucky faced off three times last year, with Butler winning all three contests. The Bulldogs pulled off a 6-2 win on March 15, followed by an 8-3 win on March 17. Each game was played at Northern Kentucky. In the final matchup of the year, Butler hosted the Norse on April 24 and came away with a 3-2 victory.

Stout recorded the win for Butler in game one by limiting NKU to just one run in six innings of action. He struck out seven and walked six. The offense was led by Marcos Calderon and Pat Guinane. Calderon went 3-for-4 from the plate with a run scored and Guinane helped BU open up their lead with a two-run home run in the top of the second.

Game two featured Kyle Allen earning the win on the mound after shutting NKU down to just one run off five hits in seven innings pitched. He struck out 10 and only walked three. Offensive production came from Calderon and Michael Fries. Calderon was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Fries led the club with a 3-for-3 day that produced three RBI's and two runs scored.

The third and final win of the season for Butler vs. Northern Kentucky was a total team effort as six different pitchers took the mound to help BU record the win. Gunner Johnson, Billy Laing and Kyle Allen were all part of the attack as Johnson took the start. He tossed four complete innings and struck out two before handing the ball off to Laing. Laing was nearly perfect in his inning, yet it was Allen who would come up with the win.

Nick Bartolone, Mike Kseniak and Fries all helped generate runs as each student-athlete finished with one RBI. Butler's come from behind win featured all three players picking up RBIs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Bartolone singled to the left side, Kseniak reached on a fielder's choice and Fries' single to right ended up being the game-winner.

BIG EAST Standings
1) St. John's 10-2 BIG EAST, 30-15 Overall
2) Creighton 10-2 BIG EAST, 25-14 Overall
3) Seton Hall 7-5 BIG EAST, 33-11 Overall
4) Xavier 7-5 BIG EAST, 24-21 Overall
5) Butler 4-8 BIG EAST, 17-26 Overall
6) Villanova 4-11 BIG EAST, 13-30 Overall
7) Georgetown 3-12 BIG EAST, 17-26 Overall

BIG EAST Team Rankings
Team Batting – 6th (.254 BA)
Team Pitching – 6th (5.38 ERA)

BIG EAST Individual Rankings
Doubles: Quincy Quintero – T-9th (10)
Walks: Marcos Calderon – 7th (25); Nick Bartolone – 8th (24)

ERA: Billy Laing – 7th (2.80); Gunner Johnson – 10th (3.28)
Strikeouts: Eric Stout – T-5th (47)
Appearances: Will Schierholz – T-7th (21)
Saves: Billy Laing – T-2nd (6)
Games Started: Eric Stout – T-7th (11)
Opp. BA: Billy Laing – 3rd (.230); Gunner Johnson – 4th (.236)

Weather Forecast
The weather in Highland Height, Ky. on Wednesday is going to be nice as the forecast shows a high of 84 with some clouds. A 20 percent chance of rain shouldn't stop the action, although winds will be blowing SSW at 14 mph.

Up Next
The final three home games of the 2014 season will be played at Bulldog Park this weekend. Butler will host Georgetown in a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 9 at 3 p.m. Saturday's contest will be a 2 p.m. first pitch and Senior Day for Marcos Calderon, Marco Caponi, Mike Kseniak, Gunner Johnson, Will Schierholz and Ryan Wojciechowski  will be held on Sunday at noon.

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