March 28, 2004

Butler Splits Twinbill With Valparaiso

March 28, 2004

Box Score

Freshman Joe Dempsey had three hits and drove in four runs and sophomore Craig Costello pitched six solid innings to help lead Butler to a 6-3 victory over Valparaiso in the second game of a doubleheader at Bulldog Park on Sunday, March 28. The victory gave the Bulldogs a split on the day and left Butler with a 7-12 overall record, while Valparaiso ended the day with a 3-12 mark.

Dempsey gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the first inning, and then he gave Butler the lead for good with a two-run single in the second inning. The Butler designated hitter picked up his third straight hit and his fourth RBI with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning.

Butler picked up its other two runs on a bases-loaded walk to freshman Aaron Thompson and another bases-loaded walk to senior Matt Crews.

Costello limited the Crusaders to one run through four innings, before surrendering a pair of runs in the fifth inning. He blanked Valparaiso in the sixth inning and then gave way to senior Tony Hornbach, who picked up his first save of the season by retiring all three batters he faced in the seventh. Costello (2-2) had four strikeouts in the contest.

Valparaiso captured the opener, 8-1, behind the strong pitching performance of senior Tom Starck. The Crusaders' left-hander allowed just three hits and one unearned run, while pitching a complete game against the Bulldogs. He held Butler hitless for the first five innings of the game. Butler sophomore Luke Behning picked up the loss, his third of the season.

Butler will continue its homestand with a game against Dayton at 3 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, March 31.