Las Vegas, Nev. - An early 1-0 lead by the Bulldogs would not hold up in the end, as host UNLV rallied for nine runs to claim a 9-2 decision on Friday (March 6) evening at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Bobby Mosser put Butler on the board first in the second inning, belting his first home run of the season to left to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage early on.
Starting pitcher Ryan Kruszka, meanwhile, scattered four hits through the first three frames while keeping the Rebels off the board.
UNLV would break through in the fourth, however, as an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly put them up 2-1. They would add to the lead with a two-run fifth and tacked on an additional score in the sixth before breaking the game open in the seventh with a four-spot to go up 9-1.
Butler added an additional run in the ninth, as Colin Ziegel singled and Kyle Schultz walked to put runners on first and second with one down for Grant Fillipitch, who drove a single back up the middle to plate Ziegel. The scoring threat would end there, however, as the Rebels worked a fly-out and strikeout to end the game.
Fillipitch and Mosser each finished with two hits and an RBI a piece.
Kruszka worked 5.2 innings in the start, allowing three earned runs on nine hits. Dom Silverstri added a perfect eighth inning in relief.
Butler returns to action on Saturday (March 7) when they battle UNLV in double-header action beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT).