BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a cold, windy and rainy night, the Butler baseball team had its bats frozen in an 12-2 loss at No. 19 Indiana on Friday.
Butler (17-16) managed three hits, with a triple by senior Jack Dillon and a double by Patrick Guinane leading the way. IU starter Joey DeNato cruised for the win, lifting his record to 5-1. He pitched 5.2 innings of no-hit baseball before junior Marcos Calderon broke up the bid with an infield single.
Trailing 3-0 early, the Dawgs nearly made a comeback with two runs in the 6th. Dillon followed Calderon's hit with a triple to right on a ball that went just over the IU righfielder's glove. Dillon scored moments later on a wild pitch.
The Hoosiers broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the 6th. Nolden hit a two-run triple, and with nobody out BU starter Eric Stout came out of the game. The next batter, Travis, hit a two-run homer to right-center to give Indiana a 7-2 lead. DeMuth later added an RBI single to make it 8-2. In all, eight consecutive Hoosiers reached base with six straight hits.
Tim O'Conner, who used to play football for IU, had a three-run trip in the bottom of the 8th. DeNato left after 7.0 innings, striking out six and allowing two runs and two hits. Evan Bell, a 6-foot-7 righty, pitched the final two frames for the 19th-ranked Hoosiers (27-8).
Indiana finished with 17 hits on the night, including nine extra-base hits. The 3 through 6 hitters in the lineup were a combined 13-for-17 with eight runs scored and six RBIs.
Stout fell to 6-4 on the season, allowing six runs on 11 hits. He struck out two and had three scoreless innings.
The Bulldogs and Hoosiers will play Saturday at Indiana at 4 p.m. The Hoosiers come to Bulldog Park Sunday, April 21.