April 23, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - Dayton would get strong offensive performances in a pair of seven-inning non-league games on Wednesday (April 23), as the Flyers swept a double-header from host Butler at Bulldog Park. After dropping a closely-played 6-2 game in the opener, the Bulldogs fell in a 19-2 drubbing in the finale.
Starting pitcher Joe Ochs, who missed nearly two weeks due to injury, kept the Flyers in check for the first four innings of the opening contest, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out a pair in extending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 21.
Dayton would get some clutch hitting in the fifth, however, scoring four runs on five two-out hits before adding two more runs in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead in the game.
Butler would cut into the lead in the bottom of the frame. Grant Fillipitch singled to start the inning before Colin Ziegel reached after being struck by a pitch. Joe Pauley followed with an RBI single to center to bring in the first Butler run before Kyle Schultz lined an opposite-field single to left to plate another.
The scoring would end there, however, as a fly-out and a double-play snuffed the comeback attempt.
A three-run first inning in the second contest would be all the Flyers would need, as Dayton rapped out 20 hits in pushing across 19 runs, including eight in the sixth, to claim a convincing win in the night-cap.
Ryan Neat stroked a two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning, scoring both Schultz and Ziegel for the Bulldogs' lone runs in the contest.
Butler returns to action on Friday (April 25) when it opens a three-game Horizon League series at Valparaiso beginning at 4:00 p.m. EDT.