Butler Escapes With 8-7 Win Over Marian
April 7, 2004
Freshman Tony Barnes delivered a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Butler a come-from-behind, 8-7, victory over visiting Marian at Bulldog Park on Wednesday, April 7. The victory was Butler's second straight and lifted the Bulldogs to 11-15 on the year, while Marian fell to 15-11-1.
The Bulldogs trailed, 7-6, heading into the bottom of the ninth frame. Sophomore Clayton Deeb reached on an error to open the inning, and junior Jeff Brown dropped down a sacrifice bunt that Marian pitcher Jon Wilson threw away trying to get Deeb at second base. Senior Ryan Nance loaded the bases with a single to rightfield off of relief pitcher Gary Brittain, and pinch hitter Joe Dempsey tied the contest with a sacrifice fly to leftfield that scored Deeb.
Brittain then intentionally walked pinch hitter Mike Rosen and Barnes followed with a line drive to centerfield to plate Brown with the winning run.
The game-winner by Barnes rescued the Bulldogs, who squandered a five-run lead in the top of the ninth inning. The Knight, who had won 13 of their previous 14 games, rallied from a 6-1 deficit with six runs on one hit off of Butler pitchers Brian Smith and Tony Hornbach. Three walks, two hit batters and two Butler errors set the stage for a two-out, two run single by first baseman Joel Strode to cut Butler's margin to 6-5. The Knights then scored a pair of runs on an error by Barnes to take a 7-6 lead.
Butler scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of catcher Brandon Tormoehlen. The Bulldogs added two more in the third inning on a run-scoring double by first baseman Matt Martino and a run-scoring single by Tormoehlen.
Butler starter Jon Olson blanked the Knights for four innings, before giving way to freshman Jay Kelty, who gave up one run in two inning while making his collegiate pitching debut. Junior Jim Knytych blanked the Knights for two innings, before giving way to Smith in the ninth. Hornbach picked up his first win of the season.
Butler head coach Steve Farley used 24 different players in the game, and eight different players contributed to the Bulldogs' 11-hit attack. Tormoehlen led the way with two hits and three RBI's, while Martino and Barnes each added a pair of hits.
The Bulldogs open Horizon League play at Bulldog Park with a four-game series against UW-Milwaukee beginning on Friday, April 9, at 3 p.m.