Bulldogs Rally For 5-4 Ninth-Inning Win At YSU
April 19, 2008
Niles, Ohio - Colin Ziegel hit a two-out, two-run home run to bring the Bulldogs even before an RBI single by Ryan Neat plated the go-ahead mark as Butler rallied from a 4-2, ninth-inning deficit to score a 5-4 victory at Youngstown State on Saturday (April 19) afternoon at Eastwood Field. The Bulldogs would come up short in the night-cap, however, falling to the Penguins 12-5.
Butler headed into the bottom of the ninth inning on the short-end of a 4-2 contest with host Youngstown State. The Penguins seemed to have the contest well in hand after inducing a pop-up and a ground-out to set down the first two batters of the frame before Joe Pauley kept the Bulldogs alive after getting hit by a pitch.
Ziegel followed with his third home run of the season to tie the contest at 4-4.
Rick Betsch drew a walk to keep the threat going before stealing second and moving to third on an errant throw down by the catcher. Neat then followed with a single back up the middle to bring Betsch across for the go-ahead run.
Jared Wagoner closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth, allowing just one hit in earning the save.
Pauley got the Bulldogs going early in the contest, as the senior shortstop followed a two-out first inning walk by Kyle Schultz with his team-leading fourth home run of the season to give Butler a 2-0 edge.
YSU answered in the bottom of the second, tying the game with a pair of unearned runs, before tacking-on additional runs in the fifth and seventh to take a 4-2 edge.
Butler would fall short to the Penguins in the double-header finale, dropping a 12-5 contest.
Youngstown State took an early 1-0 lead in the first on an unearned run before the Bulldogs knotted the score in the third. Michael Letzter led off the frame with a single to left, took second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a fly-out before coming across on an RBI single by Alex Montagano.
YSU responded with a four-run fifth inning to go up 5-1¸ but the Bulldogs would again climb back with a three-run sixth, keyed by a three-run home run by Pauley.
A two-run bottom of the inning followed by another four-spot in the seventh would be too much for Butler to overcome, however, as the Penguins never looked back in claiming the win.
Pauley added a solo shot in the eight for his third home run of the day, boosting his team-leading home run total to six.
Butler returns to action on Sunday (April 20) when it takes on Cleveland State beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Pipe Yard Stadium.