May 11, 2013

Rhode Island Bunts Past Butler

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler baseball team led for the majority of the day, but a big inning late led Rhode Island to an 8-3 win over BU on Saturday afternoon. 

URI (29-22, 13-7) scored five runs in the top of the 7th to score a come-from-behind win over the Bulldogs, who defeated Rhode Island 5-4 on Friday.

The Bulldogs (24-23, 11-9) had a 3-2 lead when the Rams used small ball to manufacture a big inning. Rhode Island loaded the bases with bunt singles and then an infield single to the shortstop by Mike LeBel scored a run to tie the game 3-3. Connor Foreman followed with a two-run double to right-center put the Rams up 5-3. At that point, URI had scored three runs in the inning with only one ball hit beyond the infield.

An RBI sac bunt by Pat Fortunato followed and Pat Quinn smacked a sac fly to put URI ahead 7-3. Two pitches were hit into the outfield and Rhode Island scored five times in the inning. 

The big inning helped Sean Furner improve to 6-3 on the season. Furney was tagged four three runs in the bottom of the 2nd but he posted zeroes on the scoreboard for the rest of the day. Furney, who entered the day with a 1.56 ERA, went 7.0 innings scattering six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. 

With BU trailing 2-0, three consecutive Butler batters doubled in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Dawgs an early lead. Patrick Guinane hit a double to left-center and then Guinane traded places with junior Marco Caponi when Caponi doubled. Senior Pat Gelwicks followed with another double in the gap to score Caponi and tie the game 2-2. Senior Lucas Calderon gave the Dawgs the lead with an RBI single to right. 

Senior Radley Haddad had two hits for the Bulldogs, who fell a half game behind George Washington in the A-10 standings. At the moment, the Dawgs are two games out of the seventh spot in the Atlantic 10 standings. The top seven teams in the regular season gain entry into the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship.

BU and URI will play their rubber match Sunday at noon. Senior Kevin Lenkman will start for the Bulldogs.