Late Comeback Falls Short at IPFW
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Bulldogs scored four runs in the final two innings, but the late surge wasn't enough as IPFW held on to defeat Butler by the final score of 10-8. Today's midweek contest was the final tune-up for the 'Dogs as they head into BIG EAST action this weekend with a three-game series vs. Seton Hall.
The Mastodons got on the scoreboard first after a two-run bomb from Kristian Gayday in the bottom of the second inning. The lead wouldn't last as Butler scored four-straight runs to take a 4-2 advantage into the fifth inning.
The middle innings hurt Butler as IPFW scored three in the fifth and five in the sixth to earn a 10-4 lead. Butler came up with three in the eighth and one more in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Mastodons move to 10-16 on the year.
Carter DeBoe of IPFW matched Quintero's effort as he went 3-for-5 for the Mastodons with a game-high five RBIs and two runs scored. The top of the IPFW order was on fire with each of the first five batters recording at least two hits.
A pair of doubles generated runs for Butler in the third inning as Chris Maranto and Quintero each found room in center field to score some runs. DeBoe's three-run home run would once again separate the two teams in the fifth. The homer hurt Butler badly as all three of the runs were unearned.
A five-run sixth inning would eventually be the difference in the game as IPFW got a double from Tyler Shepherd and a two RBI triple from DeBoe.
Butler's late charge was once again led by Quintero who came up with his second and third double of the game late. Each hit sent a run to the plate, but it wasn't enough as the 'Dogs fall to 11-16 on the year.
Peter Nyznyk was hit with the loss on Tuesday afternoon moving his overall record to 1-1 on the year. Will Schierholz and Bobby Napoleon also saw time on the hill. Nyznyk struck out three, but he gave up two home runs which added to his earned run total of five. Schierholz tossed 1.2 innings and Napoleon ended the game by throwing the last inning.