Bulldogs Take Road Loss at Northern Kentucky
May 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky Head Coach Todd Asalon recorded career win No. 600 on Wednesday afternoon as the Norse defeated the Bulldogs by the final score of 12-6. The high scoring contest featured 15 hits from the home team and 10 from the 'Dogs. Sloppy play was a factor with BU committing five errors on the day with the Norse tallying four.
Kyle Colletta won his first game of the season on the mound for NKU in impressive fashion as the freshman tossed eight full innings to improve the Norse to 14-31 on the year. With the loss, Butler heads into the weekend series vs. Georgetown owning a 17-27 record.
Chris Maranto and Marcos Calderon each recorded two RBIs for Butler, while extra-base hits were collected by Michael Fries and Nick Bartolone. Peter Nyznyk was hit with the loss on the mound for BU as he falls to 3-3 on the year.
Northern Kentucky scored the first run of the game after a sacrifice fly from Logan Spurlin in the bottom of the first inning. The lead was short lived as Butler came up with three runs off four hits in the top of the second.
The Bulldogs would take advantage of a Norse miscue as Michael Fries reached first base as the leadoff hitter in the second inning after a throwing error by the NKU shortstop. The error would be costly as two-straight outs followed the play.
Mike Kseniak would start the two-out rally with a single to left. Nick Bartolone followed with a double down the right field line that scored the first run of the game for the Bulldogs. With runners on the corners, Austin Miller was able to record a bunt single as the ball dribbled down the third base line. With no play on the bunt, Kyle Colletta was forced to pitch to Chris Maranto with the bases loaded. Maranto broke the 1-1 tie with a two-RBI single to right center field that allowed Kseniak and Bartolone to reach home plate.
Butler's three-run inning that created a two-run lead wouldn't last long as NKU responded to score three runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Quint Heady led the charge in the third with a lead-off solo home run over the left field wall. Cole Bauml tied the game with an RBI single back up the middle of the field and Josh Myers would generate the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice that allowed Bauml to score.
NKU would expand the lead with two more runs in the fourth inning. Kyle Kramp would take the hill to start the fourth, but the fifth-year senior would give up back-to-back singles to start the action. Bauml would once again hurt BU as his two-RBI single back up the middle of the field expanded the Norse lead.
The turning point in Wednesday's contest came in the bottom of the fifth inning as NKU scored five more runs to open up an 11-3 lead. Kramp's day would come to an end after a two-RBI double from Zac Ashman. The game ball would then be handed off to Jeff Schank who got the 'Dogs out of further trouble with a strikeout followed by a fly out to centerfield.
Each team scored a run in the seventh inning pushing the score to 12-4 and a two-run top of the ninth would get us to our 12-6 final.
Calderon came up with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but the Norse countered with an RBI single from Spurlin. Back-to-back errors to kick off the ninth inning allowed Butler to get runners on base. Calederon's second RBI of the game came after a single through the right side of the infield pushing the score to 12-5. The final run of the game would come home on a bases loaded walk as Dan Busch chalked up an RBI with a solid at-bat.
Butler will move on from Wednesday's setback to focus on the Georgetown Hoyas, who are set to visit Bulldog Park this weekend for a three-game series. Game one is slated for Friday, May 9 at 3 p.m.