March 21, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - A bases-loaded single to right by Grant Fillipitch plated the winning run from third base, as Butler rallied from a 4-2, seventh-inning deficit to score a 5-4 victory over visiting Youngstown State on Friday (March 21) afternoon at Bulldog Park.
After tying the game in the eighth inning, the Bulldogs took advantage of a pair of walks and a fielding error to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth before Fillipitch lined a 2-2 pitch into right to bring across the winning mark.
The win is Butler's second straight and gives the team a victory in its first Horizon League contest of the year.
Youngstown State jumped for an early lead in the second inning, as a two-out single followed by an RBI double to the gap in right center put the Penguins in front 1-0.
Ryan Neat put the Bulldogs on the board in the bottom of the second, lining his team-leading second home run of the year to the deepest part of the ballpark in center field while bringing the scoring back to even.
The Butler base-running manufactured the go-ahead run in the third. With Joe Pauley on first and Rick Betsch on third, Pauley broke for second to draw the throw which allowed Betsch to come across to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
An RBI double in the sixth by YSU tied the game at 2-2 before an RBI single and a fielder's choice brought in two more for the Penguins in the seventh.
Butler took advantage of some wildness in the bottom of the inning, leading off with back-to-back walks before cutting the difference in half thanks to a fielding error by Youngstown State. The Bulldogs knotted the score once again in the eight, as two-out RBI double by Nate Hart plated Kyle McLaughlin from third to set up Fillipitch's ninth-inning heroics.
Butler plated five runs on just five hits, while the Penguins tallied four on 10 hits.
The Bulldogs close out the first league series of the season on Saturday (March 22) when they open a double-header against YSU beginning at 12:00 noon at Bulldog Park.