INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning and then held visiting IPFW in the top of the ninth to post a 10-9 come-from-behind victory in the final game of a three-game series at Chatard High School on Sunday, March 9. The win was the fourth straight for the Bulldogs, who improved to 5-7 on the year.
Senior Marcos Calderon, who led off the eighth inning with a walk, scored the eventual game-winner. He advanced to third base on a failed pick-off attempt and then crossed home plate on a two-out error on a ground ball by Chris Maranto.
Senior right-hander Billy Laing blanked the Mastodons in the ninth inning to record his second save of the season.
The Bulldogs rallied from an 8-1 deficit to capture the victory. The Mastodons (3-10), who fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, scored eight straight runs to take a commanding lead into the fifth inning. Four of the eight runs came on a third inning grand slam by Carter DeBoe.
Butler began its comeback with a three-run home run by Quincy Quintero in the bottom of the fifth inning. Drew Small started the rally with a double, and Calderon walked before Quintero launched a shot to left-center field.
The Bulldogs then took the lead with five runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh inning. Chris Marras had a two-run single in the rally, while Mike Kseniak and Nick Bartolone each picked up a single RBI. The go-ahead run was scored by Bartolone on a wild pitch.
IPFW tied the game in the eighth inning when Kristian Gayday pounded the first pitch of relief pitcher Will Schierholz over the centerfield fence. But Schierholz settled down an retired three of the next four batters and wound up picking up the victory.
Quintero finished the game with two hits, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Small, Marras and Kseniak each added a pair of hits to the Bulldogs' attack.
Key to Butler's comeback was a strong performance by the Bulldogs' bullpen, which allowed just one earned run over the final six-and-two-thirds innings. Kyle Allen allowed just two hits and one run in two-and-two-thirds innings and Danny Pobereyko threw two no-hit, not-run innings, before giving way to Schierholz and Laing.
Butler will begin its Spring Break schedule with a game at Mercer on Tuesday, March 11.