INDIANAPOLIS - The Bulldogs struck for seven runs in the bottom of the 4th in a 7-2 Butler baseball victory on Friday. The victory extended BU's win streak to three.
Sophomore Austin Miller went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and sophomore Michael Fries went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead the Bulldogs. Lefty starter Eric Stout, also a sophomore, pitched into the 8th inning for the win. Stout's record improved to 7-4 on the year.
With the game scoreless, Butler loaded the bases with one out to start the 4th inning. Freshman Nick Bartolone drove in the game's first run with an RBI fielder's choice. Miller followed with a two-run single to right, with the added bonus of a fielding error on the play. Later, a dropped pop-up by Fordham set the table for Fries, who blasted a two-run homer to left.
In all, the Bulldogs scored seven times on five hits and sent 10 batters to the plate. Down 7-0, Fordham's pitching and defense buckled down for the rest of the day and didn't allow another Bulldog to advance farther than second base.
The run support was more than enough for Stout, who was working ahead in the count and cruised for most of the outing. Stout finished with 7.0 innings pitched, striking out five and allowing two runs on six hits. He came out for the 8th but was hit with a line drive in his foot, and after 95 pitches, was taken out. Will Schierholz finished the final 2.0 innings.
Fordham (15-28, 2-11) found a run in the top of the 5th on an RBI double by Joseph DeVito. Mike Mauri had a run-scoring single in the 8th. DeVito led Fordham with a 3-for-3 effort.
Butler (20-18, 8-5) is 3-0 this week with wins over Wabash and Northern Kentucky before Friday's win. The Bulldogs entered the weekend in a three-way tie for sixth in the Atlantic 10 standings.
Butler and Fordham will play Saturday, April 27 at noon. Kyle Kramp will start for BU opposite Fordham's Chris Pike.