March 11, 2008

Offense Struggles As Bulldogs Drop To Taylor, 8-2

March 11, 2008

Box Score

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler struggled to get things going offensively in the early going, as visiting Taylor took a 2-1 lead in the second inning and never looked back in claiming an 8-2 decision over the Bulldogs on Tuesday (March 11) at Bulldog Park.

The Bulldogs looked like they would take advantage of some first-inning wildness by the Taylor pitching staff, loading the bases with one down on a pair of walks and a hit batsman before Ryan Neat smoked a single to center to bring across Rick Betsch from third. The Trojans saved themselves a run on the play, cutting down Nate Hart trying to score from second, and escaped the inning with just one allowed after inducing a fly-out to end the frame.

Back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third for Taylor in the second before Cassidy Emery lined a shot down the left field line that just hit on the chalk for a two-run double and a 2-1 Trojan lead.

Despite wildness from the Taylor pitchers, Butler would be unable to push another run across until the eighth, collecting just four hits over the next seven innings with no more than one in any of them.

Five straight hits in the seventh inning by Taylor, meanwhile, plated four runs and put the game all but out of reach.

Freshman Grant Fillipitch led the Bulldogs at the plate, collecting three of Butler's seven hits on the afternoon.

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday (March 12) when they host Indiana Tech beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Bulldog Park.