Dawgs Edged By Late Wright State Rally

DAYTON, Ohio - Butler held the lead most of the game but a three-run 8th inning keyed Wright State's 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs on Sunday. Junior Bob Akin and freshman Austin Miller each had an RBI single for Butler.

BU was able to jump out in front of the league-leading Raiders due to the pitching effort by freshman Eric Stout. The lefty allowed four runs on seven hits over 7.1 innings and took the lead into the bottom of the 8th.

"Our pitching and defense were good enough to win today. Eric Stout was outstanding on the mound," head coach Steve Farley said. "He and Brad Schnitzer have both been very good these past two weeks."

With Wright State leading 1-0, Butler tied the game in the top of the 3rd as junior Lucas Calderon singled and scored. The Bulldogs got the go-ahead run in the 4th as Miller drove in junior Radley Haddad, who had smacked a single up the middle.

Stout and the Bulldogs held the lead until the Raiders rallied in the bottom of the 8th. Tristan Moore scored the go-ahead run and Ryan Ashe singled and scored to provide the final margin. Michael Schum, who blew Friday's game for Wright State, got the final two outs for his 11th save of the year.

Farley was impressed with his team, especially how they executed the finer points of the game. But 13 Butler strikeouts stranded a lot of Bulldog baserunners over the course of the day.

"I thought we out-executed Wright State in the bunt game," Farley said. "It seemed every inning we had a runner in scoring position. We just couldn't get the big hit today and we struck out way too many times. We didn't put the ball in play enough to give ourselves a chance to score that critical insurance run." 

Butler (20-24, 8-13) is scheduled to play at Notre Dame Tuesday, May 1. The next league series is next weekend vs. Youngstown State at Bulldog Park.