April 6, 2005
Junior Mike Rosen slammed a pair of home runs and Butler unleashed an 18-hit attack to defeat visiting Earlham, 19-4, in a non-league game at Bulldog Park on Tuesday, April 5. The win was Butler's fourth in a row and lifted the Bulldogs to 8-15 on the season. Earlham fell to 4-11.
Nine different Bulldogs contributed to the offensive explosion. Freshman Joe Pauley led the way with four hits in five trips to the plate, while senior Jason Combs and junior Clayton Deeb each added two hits. Rosen hit home runs in the first and sixth innings, his first two round-trippers of the season, and freshman Kyle McLaughlin hit his first collegiate home run in the seventh frame.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the first inning. Consecutive walks to Ricky Chomicz, Deeb and Dustin Bucalo loaded the bases and McLaughlin plated Chomicz with a sacrifice fly. Two outs later, Rosen cleared the bases with his first home run.
Butler stretched the lead to 6-0 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Earlham ended the shutout with two runs in the top of the sixth, but the Bulldogs answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning to put things out of reach.
Five different Bulldogs saw action on the mound, with freshman Josh Vollmer getting the start. Vollmer pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit, to pick up his first collegiate victory. Junior Patrick Feeney struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to close the game.
The Bulldogs will begin league play with a single game at UW-Milwaukee on Friday, April 8. The two teams will play a four-game series in Milwaukee.