WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Butler baseball team exploded for seven runs in the top of the 2nd and cruised past Purdue 8-4 on Tuesday evening. It was BU's first win over Purdue since 1996.
On the mound, senior lefty Kevin Lenkman tossed perhaps his best game as a Bulldog. He lasted 6.0 innings, striking out seven and walking just one. Purdue managed four hits and two earned runs off Lenkman, who picked up his first victory of the season.
BU's big inning started with a walk by Risi. After a single, Purdue committed an error that gave Butler bases loaded with no outs. Butler scored on a groundout then Miller sent an infield single to the left side and Butler led 2-0. The lead grew to 3-0 on a bases-loaded walk.
With BU leading 5-0 after two pitching changes in the inning, Risi ripped a two-run double to right field. The Bulldogs plated seven runs on four hits, three walks and an error. BU added to the lead in the top of the 5th, with senior Bob Akin scoring Guinane with an RBI fielder's choice. Guinane had singled to lead off the inning.
Purdue did manage three runs in the bottom of the 5th. The first two batters of the inning singled and the next Boilermaker walked to load the bases with no outs. An RBI fielder's choice put Purdue on the board, then an error and a sac fly cut the Bulldogs' lead to 8-3. Purdue threatened with a run in the bottom of the 8th, but junior Gunner Johnson left the bases loaded and got out of the inning.
Butler (13-12) will host its first home conference series this weekend when Saint Louis comes to Bulldog Park April 5-7. Friday's game will start at 3 p.m. Sophomore Eric Stout will start against SLU's Alex Alemann.