FRESNO, Calif. - Down 8-0 in the second game of a four-game series, the Butler baseball team made a big comeback to win 12-9 at Frseno State Saturday afternoon. The Dawgs were shut out in the nightcap 6-0 for a Saturday doubleheader split.
"We got a huge win in game 1," head coach Steve Farley said. "Probably one of the top three wins in program history. To come back from eight runs down was even more incredible."
The Fresno State Bulldogs jumped on the Butler Bulldogs with a 5-spot in the bottom of the 1st inning. The first four batters of the game reached base and J Charles hit a three-run double. After Fresno State scored three more times in the 2nd, Butler was down eight runs to the 2008 College World Series champs.
BU put up four runs in the top of the 4th to get within striking distance. Senior Mike Hoscheit keyed the rally with a two-run single, and then he scored on a sac fly by senior Nick Hladek. The Dawgs got another run in the 5th and then put up four more runs in the 6th to take a brief 9-8 lead. Fresno State tied the game at 9-9 with a run in the bottom of the 6th.
With Butler's bullpen doing the job, the Calderon brothers delivered the game-winning hits in the top of the 10th. Marcos singled to score Gelwicks with the go-ahead run and Lucas singled to center to score two more runs.
There were no such offensive heroics in the second game of the day as Fresno cruised to a 6-0 win. Right-hander Billy Laing pitched 7.0 innings and struck out seven but FSU got some runs in the middle innings to win. Akin had three singles to lead the Bulldogs.
FSU's Tom Harlan was strong, throwing a seven-hit shutout with eight strikeouts.
Butler will conclude its four-game series at Fresno State Sunday afternoon. Farley's squad will be at UT-Martin for three games next weekend in Tennessee.