INDIANAPOLIS – A two-RBI single from Quincy Quintero in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Butler a 2-1 victory over Xavier on Friday afternoon. The Musketeers held a 1-0 lead for a majority of the game, but Billy Laing kept the Bulldogs within striking distance with a great outing on the mound. Laing chalked up the win, while Eric Stout came in for his first save of the season.
The game got underway with Laing getting the start, his first of the season. The senior walked the first batter of the game and a wild pitch would move Brian Bruening into scoring position. A deep fly out to right allowed Bruening to advance and another deep out from Joe Forney was enough to get XU on the scoreboard as Bruening ran home for the first run of the game off a sacrifice fly.
Each pitcher settled in after the run to create a great gameday atmosphere. Laing tossed eight complete innings allowing just the one run off six hits. He struck out five and walked four.
Scott Klever of Xavier was equally as impressive with seven full innings of action. He struck out seven and only walked one, but was replaced on the mound by Brad Kirschner in the bottom of the eighth after giving up a base hit to Austin Miller, who extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Kirschner got two quick outs, but a base hit from Michael Fries would extend the action, putting Chris Maranto to the plate. Maranto fought off some tough pitches to draw a walk, loading the bases for Quintero. The sophomore delivered a timely hit for Butler sending a base knock back up the middle of the infield to scoring the game winning runs.
With Butler ahead on the weekend two games to none, all eyes will be on the diamond tomorrow for game three of the series at Bulldog Park. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.