Bulldogs Drop Game Two 8-3
May 10, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BALL STATE RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS – A Georgetown grand slam in the third inning put the Hoyas in the driver's seat and Butler wasn't able to recover as the Bulldogs dropped game two of the weekend series vs. Georgetown 8-3. The final matchup between the two programs will take place tomorrow at 12 p.m.
Beau Hall, Steve Anderson and Ryan Evans all recorded multi-hit games for the Hoyas as Georgetown improves to 19-27 on the year with a 5-12 mark in conference action. With the loss, Butler moves to 17-29 and 4-10 in the BIG EAST.
After scoring two runs to open up the game in the top of the first inning, Georgetown expanded their lead to 6-0 in the top of the third after a grand slam from AC Carter. Carter collected his fifth RBI of the day with the shot over the left field wall.
The Bulldogs were able to jump on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning. Austin Miller led off with a bunt single and quickly went first to third on a base hit from Marcos Calderon. Calderon would be forced out after a fielder's choice at-bat from Quincy Quintero, but Miller made it home to make the score 6-1 in favor of the Hoyas.
The Bulldogs dodged a bullet in the top of the sixth inning as great team defense kept the Hoyas from increasing their lead. BU went to home plate twice to get outs as Georgetown loaded the bases early in the inning. With two out and Billy Laing's pitch count climbing, Steve Anderson came to the plate with the final opportunity to generate runs. Laing got Anderson to ground out to second base as Chris Maranto made a nice play to record the third out of the inning keeping the game in reach at 6-1.
Laing exited the game after the sixth as Head Coach Steve Farley sent LHP Jeff Schank to the mound to start the top of seventh inning. Schank was hit with two runs, but the 'Dogs got one back in the bottom of the inning off an Austin Miller sac fly that sent Bartolone home.
Georgetown used knuckleball reliever Felix Van der Vaart in the final two innings of play. Van der Vaart retired three-straight in the eighth, but a fielding error would lead off the ninth giving the Bulldogs a base runner. Fries would take off for second and record the steal to move into scoring position. Mike Kseniak moved him to third with a base knock to left and the bases would run full after a Marco Caponi walk.
Miller reached base on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded scoring Fries, but the comeback couldn't fully get started as a second force out would give Georgetown the 8-3 victory.
The final game of the series will be played tomorrow at Bulldog Park. First pitch for Senior Day is slated for 12 p.m with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 11:45.