April 24, 2004
Butler used a strong hitting performance in the first game and a solid pitching effort in the second contest to sweep a Horizon League doubleheader from Youngstown State, 8-4 and 3-2, at Bulldog Park on Saturday, April 24. The two wins boosted Butler to 20-19 on the season and 7-4 in the Horizon League, while Youngstown State slipped to 12-21 overall and 2-5 in league action.
The Bulldogs unleashed 15 hits in the opener. Junior Dale Mueller led the attack with three hits, while seniors Matt Crews and Ryan Nance and sophomore Stephen Gill each added a pair of hits. Gill scored three runs and drove in a pair, while Crews added two RBI's.
Butler trailed 3-0, before scoring two runs in the bottom of the third inning and two more in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Mike Rosen slammed his first home run of the season to open the fourth inning and Crews drove in the go-ahead run with a single.
Gill sparked a four-run fifth inning with a two-run, home run to leftfield.
Pitching took center stage in the second game. Butler freshman Matt Byzet allowed just two runs on four hits through six innings, while improving to 4-0 on the year. He had seven strikeouts and just two walks in the contest. Sophomore Luke Behning shut down the Penguins in the seventh inning to earn his fifth save of the season.
Butler jumped on top in the first inning when Rosen plated senior Justin Mckinley with a bunt single. The Bulldogs added a run in the second on a walk to Jeff Brown, a bunt single by Crews and a run-scoring single by Gill.
Mueller drove in what turned out to be the game-winning run with a single in the fifth inning. Youngstown state scored both of its runs on one hit in the sixth inning.
The two squads will close out their four-game series with a single game at Bulldog Park on Sunday, April 25, beginning at 12 noon.