Late Surge Pushes Butler Past Rockhurst

Marco Caponi

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team improved to 7-11 on the year with an 8-3 win over the Rockhurst Hawks. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game, and a five-run eighth inning would blow the game wide open.

The early stages of Tuesday's game were back and forth as Rockhurst grabbed a one run lead off an RBI single in the third. Not to be outdone, Butler would come back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth with Nick Bartolone scoring from third base off a wild pitch.

A pair of RBI singles would once again give Rockhurst the lead, but the 'Dogs responded with two runs of their own in the seventh. Marcos Calderon delivered a double to left center allowing Chris Maranto to score and the game became tied after a Ryan Wojciechowski double down the leftfield line.

Rockhurst got a great outing from Michael Lydon-Lorson, but the bullpen struggled when he exited the game after 6.1 innings of work.

Butler cashed in on a few Hawk miscues in the bottom of the eighth scoring off an error and a balk. The Bulldogs put the pressure on after an RBI double to right center from Marco Caponi. Austin Miller came around to score the first run of the inning off the Caponi extra base hit.

Michael Fries reached on the error which allowed Michael Diviesti to score and Caponi would make his way around the base paths to score on the balk. A poor judgment throw cost Rockhurst their fourth run of the inning and Fries expanded the lead to 8-3 by advancing home after the delayed steal from Dan Busch.

Jeff Schank tossed six full innings on the hill for Butler before being replaced by Will Schierholz. Schank performed well by striking out seven Hawk batters. He only walked one batter while giving up eight hits.

Schierholz came up with the win by tossing the seventh and eighth innings for BU. He kept Rockhurst off the scoreboard and off the base paths by not allowing a single hit. The final arm used on Tuesday was Billy Laing as he pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the victory.

Butler will return to action tomorrow with a road game at Purdue.