Bulldogs Rally Past Dayton, 8-5

INDIANAPOLIS -- Junior Jack Dillon slugged a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to spark Butler past Dayton, 8-5, in a non-conference game at Bulldog Park on Tuesday, March 6.  The win marked a successful start to Butler's 2012 home season.

Dillon's clutch hit came with the game tied at 5-5.  He drove a fastball from lefthander Matthew Miller to the base of the wall in left-center field, plating teammates Pat Gelwicks and Mike Hoscheit and giving the Bulldogs the lead for good.  Butler added an insurance run in the seventh inning on a throwing error by Dayton's Jared Broughton.

The Bulldogs (4-7) had to rally from a four-run deficit to capture their home-opener.  Dayton scored single runs in the first and third innings off of two different Butler pitchers and added two more off a third Butler hurler in the fourth.

But the Bulldogs answered with a single run in the bottom of the fourth on a walk to Hoscheit, a single by Dillon and a run-scoring double by Nick Hladek and a four-run outburst in the fifth.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth inning on walks to Marco Caponi and Michael Fries and a single by Gelwicks.  Hoscheit drove in the first run with a walk and Griffin Richeson plated the second when he was hit by a pitch.  Dillon then tied the game with a single to left field, and Austin Miller gave Butler a 5-4 lead with a single to center.

The Flyers (2-8) picked up a single run in the sixth to tie the game, before Dillon's game-winning blow.

Butler head coach Steve Farley used nine different pitchers for an inning apiece in the win.  Senior Brian Padove, who pitched the sixth inning, picked up the win, while junior Chase Byerly picked up his third save of the young season.  Matthew Miller took the loss for Dayton.

The Bulldogs picked up 11 hits off of four Dayton pitchers, with Dillon and Austin Miller each recording three hits in the win.  Gelwicks had two hits and scored three runs.

Butler will continue its current homestand with a four-game series against IPFW.  That series will start with a single game at Bulldog Park Friday, March 9 at 3 p.m.