Strong Pitching Leads BU To DH Split

Strong Pitching Leads BU To DH Split
Eric Stout

INDIANAPOLIS - Starting pitchers Eric Stout and Kyle Kramp each gave quality starts on the mound to help the Butler baseball team to a doubleheader split vs. IPFW on Saturday at Bishop Chatard High School.

Stout, a sophomore, threw a one-hitter in a seven-inning complete game gem during the day's first game. The lefty carved IPFW during a crisp 1-0 win that took just 77 minutes to complete. Stout allowed just four baserunners - three walks - and struck out four. The only hit was a soft blooper that landed in center field in the top of the 6th. No IPFW baserunner advanced to 3rd base against Stout.

Patrick Guinane had the game's winning hit, an RBI single in the bottom of the 5th. Guinane's single scored junior Marco Caponi, who smacked a long single to center field just moments prior. Caponi was the only player in the first game to record two hits.

IPFW's Jason Kalber was nearly as strong as Stout in the pitcher's duel. Kalber lasted 5.0 innings and scattered four hits. Butler only had six baserunners in the seven-inning game.

Butler led for most of the day's second game before falling 4-3 in 11 innings. BU took a 3-1 lead on a two-run double by junior Marcos Calderon in the bottom of the 4th. Behind Kramp, the Dawgs held on to that lead until a pair of errors in the infield played a pair of runs for IPFW in the 8th. IPFW took its final lead in the top of the 11th when Clay Hathaway scored on a single to center by Brandon Soat. 

Kramp did not take the loss, remaining 3-0 on the season. The senior right-hander allowed just two hits - both doubles - and struck out eight over 7.0 innings. His effort kept Butler ahead most of the game before the errors and a few timely hits earned the Mastodons the win. IPFW used three relievers who combined for 7.1 frames of scoreless pitching.

Marcos Calderon and sophomore Michael Fries each had two hits for Butler. Senior Radley Haddad also had an RBI on a bases-loaded walk, which put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0 early in the game.

Butler and IPFW are scheduled to play Sunday, March 10 at noon at Bishop Chatard.