Dayton, Ohio - Butler right-hander Ryan Kruszka went the distance in a gutsy start against host Wright State and the Bulldogs used some timely hitting in a three-run third inning en route to a 4-3 victory in the second game of a double-header on Friday (March 27) evening. The Raiders claimed the opener, however, shutting down the Bulldogs in a 7-0 contest.
The two teams will conclude their three-game set on Saturday (March 28) beginning at 9:30 a.m. The contest was originally slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. but was pushed up due to the threat of rain in the area.
After Wright State took a 1-0 advantage in the first inning, the Bulldogs plated three in the third to go up for good.
Butler put runners on first and second with one down after Griffin Richeson singled and Luke Duncan reached on a fielder's choice after the WSU second baseman dropped an attempt to cut down the lead runner.
Michael Letzter cashed in on the miscue, ripping an RBI single through the right side that brought Richeson across for the tying mark.
Wright State got an out closer to retiring the side after striking out the next batter, but Steve Kaffel kept the inning alive with a single to right that loaded the bases for Grant Fillipitch, who drilled a 1-2 pitch back up the middle to plate two more runs for a 3-1 lead.
The Raiders earned one back in their half of the fourth to cut the difference to one, but the Bulldogs plated another in the fifth to build the lead back up to two.
Fillipitch led off the frame with an infield single before taking second on a sacrifice bunt and moving to third on a single to right by Mike Hoscheit. Richeson then pushed Fillipitch across with an RBI single to short.
WSU climbed back to within one with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Kruszka would allow just two hits in the final three innings to preserve the lead.
Kruszka scattered eight hits and one walk while striking out four in his first complete game of the season.
Duncan, Fillipitch and Richeson each posted two hits apiece.
A four-run third inning by Wright State would be more than enough for the home team in the opening contest, as the Raiders held the Bulldogs to just three hits en route to a 7-0 decision.
Fillipitch led the way on offense, picking up two of the Bulldogs' hits in the game.