March 30, 2003
Senior Jared Lowe had four hits and drove in three runs to help Butler sweep a pair of games from visiting Valparaiso, 8-4 and 6-0, at chilly Bulldog Park in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 30. The two victories lifted the Bulldogs to 12-13 on the season, while Valparaiso fell to 6-11-1.
Lowe, who leads the Bulldogs in hitting with a .351 average, had a pair of hits in the first game of the twinbill. He helped the Bulldogs break the game open with a three-run double in Butler's six-run fourth inning. The Butler shortstop also scored a run in the game. He came back with one hit in three trips to the plate in the second game.
The Bulldogs jumped in front with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning in the opening game of the doubleheader. Matt Crews opened the game with a double, Dale Mueller followed with a single and Lowe walked to load the bases. Crews scored on a double play by the Crusaders and Mueller later scored on a passed ball.
Butler starter Craig Costello allowed three runs on four hits in five innings and picked up his second win in four decisions this season. Sophomore Mike Tomaszewski pitched the final two innings and picked up his first save of the season. Todd Evans, who gave up six runs in three and two-thirds innings, took the loss for the Crusaders.
The Bulldogs had nine hits in the opener, including a pair by catcher Andy Bulla.
The second contest featured a four-inning pitching duel between Butler's Jon Olson and Valparaiso's Tom Starck. The Bulldogs finally broke a scoreless tie when second baseman Jeff Brown stole home with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brown had reached on a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a passed ball.
Butler tallied five more runs in the sixth inning off of Starck and relief pitcher Jordan Smolar. Senior Jeff Albert had a run-scoring single in the inning and two runs scored on a pair of bases loaded walks off of Smolar, who formerly pitched for the Bulldogs. Senior Paul Beck had a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Brown stole home for the second time in the game to close the scoring.
Olson, who pitched five shutout innings with six strikeouts, picked up his first win of the season, while junior Ryan Chenoweth threw the final two innings and picked up a save.
The doubleheader sweep came one day after the Crusaders had taken two games from the Bulldogs, 3-2 and 2-0, in Valparaiso.