April 26, 2003
A balanced hitting attack and two strong pitching performances helped Butler sweep host Youngstown State, 6-2 and 4-2, in a Horizon League doubleheader at Cafaro Field on Saturday, April 26. The wins gave Butler a firm hold on second place in the league standings with a 10-5 record and lifted the Bulldogs' overall mark to 24-21. Youngstown State fell to 19-21 on the year and 7-8 in league action.
Sophomore Jon Olson held the Penguins to a pair of unearned runs on nine hits in the opener. The Butler right-hander had eight strikeouts and two walks in the complete-game performance. He picked up his second win of the season against three setbacks.
Butler scored all the runs it needed in the third inning. Senior Paul Beck started the three-run rally by reaching on an error. Sophomore Dale Mueller followed with a single and senior Jared Lowe plated Beck with a double. Mueller and Lowe then scored on a double by junior Ryan Nance.
The Bulldogs added a single run in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh. Mueller and outfielder Jason Freeman paced Butler's offense with two hits apiece.
The second game featured a pitching duel between Youngstown State ace Corey Ohalek and Butler freshman Luke Behning. Ohalek went the distance, but he gave up four runs on 11 hits. Behning held the Penguins to a pair of runs on nine hits, while picking up his team-leading fifth win of the season. Junior left-hander Ryan Chenoweth came on in the seventh inning to record the final out of the game and pick up his second save of the season.
Nance had two hits for the Bulldogs, including his sixth home run of the season. The Bulldogs also picked up two hits each from Lowe, and Jon Freeman. Mueller, Freeman and freshman Justin McKinley picked up Butler's other RBI's.
Lowe and Mueller each hit safely in both games to stretch their current hitting streaks. Lowe has hit safely in a team-high 14 consecutive games, while Mueller boasts a 13-game hitting streak.
Butler and Youngstown State will conclude their four-game league series with a single, nine-inning game on Sunday, April 27.