West Lafayette, Ind. - Butler jumped for a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, but host Purdue countered with a far superior offensive surge in claiming an 18-4 decision against the Bulldogs on Wednesday (April 22) afternoon at Lambert Field.
The Bulldogs took an early lead in their first trip to the plate thanks to a two-out hit and a fielding miscue by the Boilermakers.
Rick Betsch worked a one-out walk before moving to second on a single back up the middle by Grant Fillipitch. A grounder to short by Alex Montagano forced Fillipitch out at second but allowed Betsch to move on to third for Kyle Schultz, who battled to a full count before lining an RBI single to center that plated Betsch and sent Montagano to third.
Blaine DeCamp followed with a grounder to the Purdue shortstop, who mishandled what would have been the third out of the frame and allowed Montagano to come in with the second run of the inning while giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as the Boilermakers responded in the second with three runs before jumping for five in the third to take an 8-2 margin. Purdue would add four in the sixth and five in the seventh before Colin Ziegel broke the Boilermaker scoring streak with a two-out solo home run to left - his second of the season.
Butler added another run in the ninth on an RBI single by Montagano, but the offense would be far too little too late.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday (April 25) when they host Cleveland State in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 noon.