JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – Butler earned two wins over Western Illinois on Sunday afternoon by sweeping a scheduled doubleheader against the Leathernecks. The 'Dogs won a seven inning contest 10-5 to start the day, and the nightcap would go down as a shutout for Butler as BU secured a 2-0 victory.
Butler took control of game one by scoring five runs in the top of the third inning. Mike Kseniak, Marco Caponi, Marcos Calderon and Chris Maranto all picked up two-out RBIs to give the Bulldogs a 6-2 edge. Kseniak started the scoring streak with a single to right center and the second run came across on a bases loaded walk.
Calderon followed Caponi in the lineup and delivered a single back up the middle of the field that scored two runs, and the inning was capped off by a Maranto single to right center that sent Caponi to the dish.
Two runs in the fourth followed by two more runs in the seventh allowed Butler to cruise to victory. The Bulldogs recorded 13 hits compared to just four from the Leathernecks. The first game was scheduled for seven innings due to the doubleheader format.
The top of the order played great for Butler in the opener as Head Coach Steve Farley got seven hits from his top four batters in the lineup. The key to getting back to the top of the order came with Caponi swinging a hot bat. The shortstop went 3-for-3 from the nine hole with two runs scored and two RBIs.
After exploding for 10 runs in just seven innings in game one, Butler only managed to score two in the second game of the day. Those two runs would be crucial to the outcome as the Bulldogs shutout Western Illinois to move to 9-13 on the season.
WIU recorded nine hits to just five from the visitors, but BU would not be denied as they pushed a run across in the second and eighth inning to win the ballgame. The first run came off a Ryan Wojciechowski single that scored Quincy Quintero and the insurance run would cross in the eighth off a wild pitch.
Butler will take this two game winning streak into Tuesday afternoon's game at Wabash. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.