Indianapolis, Ind. - Solo home runs by Blaine DeCamp and Grant Fillipitch would not be enough for the Bulldogs, as visiting Franklin used 14 hits and a strong complete-game performance by starting pitcher Luke Mehringer to score a 6-2 decision over Butler at Bulldog Park on Wednesday (April 1) afternoon.
In a contest that took barely two hours to complete, the visiting Grizzlies broke through with an RBI single in the fourth inning before plating four runs on four hits in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead in the game.
Mehringer, meanwhile, rendered the Butler bats ineffective through the first six frames, allowing just three hits during that span.
DeCamp would break up the shut-out in the seventh, however, driving a 0-2 pitch over the fence in right field for his first collegiate home run. Franklin would pick up another run in the top of the ninth, but Fillipitch responded with his second long ball of the season - a first-pitch lead-off deep fly to left in the bottom of the ninth - to give the Bulldogs their final tally.
Butler had a chance for a big inning in the fourth, as Kyle Schultz led off with a double before moving to third on a single to left by Fillipitch that put runners on first and third with no one out. A pair of Bulldog strikeouts wrapped around a line-out would stifle the scoring chance, however, as the Grizzlies escaped unscathed.
The Bulldogs return to action on Friday (April 3) when it opens a three-game series against Horizon League foe Youngstown State beginning at 3:00 p.m.