Bulldogs Hold Off OVC Champ Eastern Illinois, 7-5

Bulldogs Hold Off OVC Champ Eastern Illinois, 7-5

Indianapolis, Ind. - Senior Tyler Tepe pitched four strong innings in his first collegiate start and senior Jason Jamerson provided an offensive spark with his bat to help lead Butler to a 7-5 victory over Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois in a non-league game at Bulldog Park on Tuesday, May 12. The victory wrapped up the home portion of Butler's 2009 schedule.

Tepe turned in a career performance against the Panthers, who entered the contest with a 34-10 record and a .366 team batting average. The Butler right-hander retired nine of the first 11 batters he faced, allowing singles in the first and third innings. He was nicked for a solo home run in the fourth inning, his final frame in a predetermined coach's decision. Tepe, who earned his third career win and his first this season, faced just 15 batters and recorded two strikeouts in his four-inning stint.

Jamerson provided the key hit for the Bulldogs with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. His towering shot over the leftfield fence broke a 1-1 tie and gave Butler the lead for good. It was his first career home run.

Butler (12-36) jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning on a leadoff walk to Luke Duncan, a single to leftfield by Rick Betsch, a passed ball and a run-scoring ground out by Michael Letzter.

The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 7-1 with the three runs in the fourth and three more in the bottom of the fifth inning. Letzter started the two-out fifth-inning rally with a triple to centerfield and Kyle Schultz followed with a run-scoring single to rightfield. Alex Montagano made it three straight hits with another single to rightfield and Bobby Mosser plated two more runs with a triple to rightfield.

Evan DePotter, who replaced Tepe in the fifth inning, pitched three scoreless innings, before being tagged for three runs in the top of the eighth. The big blow in the inning was a two-run home run by pinch-hitter Alex Gee. DePotter gave way to junior right-hander Jamie Feldheiser, who gave up a single before recording the final out of the eighth frame.

Feldheiser gave up a single run in the ninth inning and faced a bases-loaded situation, before getting a final ground-out at third base and picking up his first career save.

The Bulldogs will return to Horizon League play with a three-game series at Milwaukee, beginning on Thursday, May 14. The first two games of the season-ending series will be played at Miller Park.