Bulldogs Drop Twinbill To Wright State
May 15, 2005
Visiting Wright State completed a suspended game with a victory over Butler and then used two big scoring innings to sweep a doubleheader from the Bulldogs on the final day of a four-game Horizon League series at Bulldog Park on Sunday, May 15. The three wins lifted the Raiders to 22-27 on the year and 11-9 in league play, while Butler fell to 17-30 overall and 3-9 in league action.
The Raiders picked up right where they left off on Saturday when they built a 12-2 lead in the second game of a doubleheader before it was suspended because of darkness. The visitors added three more runs in the final two innings on Sunday and picked up a 15-4 win.
Butler looked to be in control of the first game of the Sunday twinbill behind sophomore right-hander Matt Byzet. The Bulldogs scored twice in the first inning on run-scoring singles by freshman Joe Pauley and senior Matt Martino and then added two more runs in the fifth frame behind RBI's from junior Clayton Deeb and Martino.
Byzet gave up an unearned run in the first, but then stopped the Raiders for four consecutive innings before the visitors rallied for six runs in the sixth frame. The Raiders picked up a three-run home run from John Kopilchack and a three-run triple from Justin Wilson.
Butler couldn't answer in the final two innings, while Wright State added two more runs to claim a 9-4 decision.
In the second game, Wright State pulled away from a 3-2 advantage with five runs in the fifth inning. Two-run singles by Kopilchack and Bryan Vickers were the big blows in the inning. The Raiders added another run in the sixth frame and grabbed a second 9-4 victory.
Deeb had three hits and two RBI's for the Bulldogs, while Martino drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and freshman Alex Rinearson added a run-scoring single. Freshman Bryan Bokowy, Butler's starter in the game, suffered his fifth setback in seven decisions.
The Bulldogs played without senior Dale Mueller on Sunday. Mueller suffered a deep cut on his knee in Butler's 6-2 victory over Wright State on Saturday. The wound required seven stitches. Mueller will be sidelined indefinitely.
Butler will play its final home game against Valparaiso on Tuesday, May 17. The non-league contest at Bulldog Park is slated for 3 p.m.