March 31, 2004
The visiting Dayton Flyers erupted for six runs in the fifth inning and then held on to defeat Butler, 7-4, in a non-league game at frigid Bulldog Park on Wednesday, March 31. The setback dropped the Bulldogs to 7-13 on the season, while Dayton improved to 10-13.
The Flyers broke open a scoreless contest with six runs on six hits off of two Butler pitchers in the top of the fifth inning. Four different Flyers drove in runs in the inning, with outfielder Pat Flynn driving in a pair. The first five runs were scored off of sophomore lefthander Brian Smith, who opened the inning in relief of Butler starter Tony Hornbach. The final tally was given up by junior righthander Jon Olson.
Butler answered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run double by third baseman Stephen Gill and a two-run double by centerfielder Matt Crews. But freshman righthander Kyle Lindsay came on in relief to stop the rally, and he blanked the Bulldogs for the final four innings while picking up his second win of the season.
Gill had two of Butler's six hits in the game. His double was his sixth of the season, while Crews picked up his third two-base hit. The Bulldogs managed just one hit after the fifth inning.
Butler will continue its homestand on Saturday with a doubleheader against St. Xavier, beginning at 12 noon at Bulldog Park.