April 3, 2005
In the first start of his Butler career, freshman Jon Dages threw seven strong innings to lead the Bulldogs to an 11-5 victory over visiting Chicago State Sunday in the final game of a three-game series at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis. Senior Dale Mueller went 3-for-5 at the plate, including his first homer of the season, for the Bulldogs, who pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon. Butler improves to 6-15 with the win, while the Cougars fall to 1-27.
Mueller sent a drive over the left field fence with one out in the bottom of the first inning to stake the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead. Butler then loaded the bases and Stephen Gill got an RBI when he drew a walk that scored Joe Dempsey. Chicago State rebounded in the top of the third, using two Bulldog errors and four hits of their own to score three runs, including two that were unearned.
Butler reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the frame with three runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Jonathan Day. Butler led 5-3 after three innings and then scored runs in four of its final five innings to stretch the lead.
Dages went seven innings and allowed four runs, but only two were earned. He struck out six and allowed just five hits. Freshman Josh Vollmer came on in relief to start the eighth and allowed two hits and a run in two innings of work.
Eight of the nine Bulldogs in the starting line-up scored at least one run Sunday, with the only exception being Day, who went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs. Mueller had three RBIs, while Day and Gill chipped in with two apiece. Freshman third baseman Alex Rinearson reached base in all five of his plate appearances with a single, a double and three walks.
Adam Sali got the start for Chicago State and took the loss to drop to 0-7 on the season. He allowed eight runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings. He also surrendered five of the team's eight walks. John Torres went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Cougars.
Butler returns to action Monday at 5 p.m. against in-state rival Anderson at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. The game is the Bulldogs' only regular season contest at the home of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. Butler will also host the Horizon League Championships at Victory Field, May 25-29.