INDIANAPOLIS - A strong start on the mound from senior Dom Silvestri and junior Radley Haddad's hot hitting highlights the Butler baseball team's doubleheader split vs. IPFW on Saturday. The Bulldogs won the first game 4-2 before falling 7-1 in the nightcap.
Silvestri, making his first start of the season after offseason surgery, earned the win as BU beat IPFW in a 7-inning game. The big right-hander allowed three hits and one run over 5.0 innings. He struck out three and issued no walks. His only mistake of the day was allowing a solo shot to Carter DeBoe in top of the 4th inning.
For the day, Haddad led the Bulldog lineup with a 3-for-5 day and two walks. After singles by freshman Austin Miller and junior Pat Gelwicks and a hit batter, Haddad smacked a two-run single to center that ended up being the difference in the game. He also doubled in the bottom of the 2nd.
Leading 3-2 in the 6th, Butler added an insurance run when Gelwicks lifted a sac fly to right. Senior Griffin Richeson, who walked, scored on the play.
Travis Reboulet pitched 5.0 solid innings for the Mastodons, but was out-dueled by Silvestri. Chase Byerly pitched the top of the 7th for his fifth save of the season.
Things didn't go as well in the second game, as Butler found itself down 5-1 after three innings. The key hit came in the 3rd when DeBoe struck a two-run triple to left-center. Malcolm White followed with an RBI single to score DeBoe.
Down 5-1 late in the game, BU allowed a pair of runs when a series of passed balls and wild pitches allowed the Mastodons to to turn a single and a walk into a big inning.
IPFW's Jason Kalber had control on the mound, striking out eight over 6.0 innings. He allowed just one run on three hits. Kalber (3-1) has all earned all three of IPFW's victories this season. Steve Danielak earned the save.
Junior Jimmy Risi went 2-for-3 with a walk for Butler in game 2. He was the only Bulldog to have more than one hit. Haddad was responsible for BU's lone run in the game, when he singled and scored on a hit by Risi in the bottom of the 1st.
BU (6-8) and IPFW will conclude their four-game set Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m. ET. Click THIS LINK to listen live.