Dayton, Ohio - Butler erupted for five runs on a hit and a pair of Dayton errors in the ninth inning, but the output would fall well short of a comeback, as the Bulldogs dropped a 13-5 contest to the host Flyers on Wednesday (March 4) afternoon at Time Warner Cable Stadium.
Trailing 13-0 heading into the final frame, Butler broke through thanks to a couple mishaps in the field and wildness around the strike zone by the Flyers.
After Tim Matheson reached first on a fielding error and moved to second on a wild pitch, Brian Padove ripped a single down the left field line to bring Matheson home with the Bulldogs' first run of the contest.
Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for pinch hitter Nick Hladek, who drew a free pass of his own to bring across another run before an error by the Flyers' shortstop allowed two more to come home.
Jason Jamerson closed out the offensive performance with a deep fly to right that allowed Hladek to score from third on the sacrifice, but the Bulldogs would get no closer.
Dayton spotted itself a 4-0 lead with two runs coming in both the second and third before pushing across three more in the fifth thanks to a pair of homers. A six-spot in the sixth put the game all but out of reach, as the Flyers collected six hits - including a homer and two doubles - to close out the host's scoring.
Butler heads to Las Vegas this weekend when they open up a four-game set against UNLV beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. PT).