April 2, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - The Bulldogs put together a workman-like effort in a professional setting on Wednesday (April 2), banging out 14 runs on 16 hits in topping cross-town foe Marian, 14-2, at Victory Field.
Butler took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, as the Bulldogs tagged the Knights for five runs in the fifth and six in the ninth in cruising their sixth win of the season.
Marian earned a run back in the bottom of the frame, getting a two-out, run-scoring single from Chad Morris to bring the Knights back to within in two.
A five-spot in the fifth, however, would break the game open. A lead-off home run by Neat, his team-leading third of the season, got things started before a two-run single by Michael Letzter closed out the scoring to give Butler an 8-1 lead.
The Bulldogs added six more in the ninth, ripping four hits and taking advantage of a costly throwing error by the second baseman to post their third double-figure scoring game of the year.
Starting pitcher Joe Ochs improved to 3-0 on the year after working a scheduled two innings, allowing just one hit.
Butler opens up a key three-game series at UIC on Friday (April 4) beginning at 5:05 p.m. ET.