Butler Defeats Detroit, 5-4, In Extra Innings
May 16, 2003
Junior Matt Crews drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Butler a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over visiting Detroit in the first game of a four-game Horizon League series on Friday, May 16. The win lifted the Bulldogs to 29-24 on the season and 14-7 in league play, while Detroit fell to 14-29 overall and 7-10 in the Horizon League.
Sophomore Jeff Brown led off the bottom of the 11th inning with his third hit of the game and then advanced to third base on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Detroit intentionally walked Butler batters Steve Johnson and Andy Bulla, setting up the game-winning RBI by Crews.
Detroit grabbed an early lead in the contest with a single unearned run in the first inning and a pair of solo home runs by J. D. Leichtman and Brian Wilson in the second. Both home runs were hit off of Butler starter Luke Behning, who gave up three runs in six innings.
The Bulldogs bounced back to tie the game with a solo home run from Brown in the sixth inning, a run scoring single by Paul Beck in the seventh inning and an RBI single by Jared Lowe in the eighth inning.
Both teams scored a single run in the ninth inning. Detroit took the lead on a run scoring single by Joe Kotowski, but the Bulldogs came back to tie the game for a second time on a single by Stephen Gill, a walk to Brown and a run-scoring single by Ryan Nance.
Sophomore Dale Mueller led Butler's 16-hit attack with five hits in five trips to the plate, before being ejected from the game for running into Detroit's catcher in an attempt to score in the tenth inning. Lowe and Brown each added three hits in the game.
Junior Randy Miles, who pitched the final two and two-thirds innings of the game, picked up the win and climbed to 3-1 on the season. Relief pitcher Tim Poley took the loss for Detroit and fell to 2-2.
Butler and Detroit will meet in a doubleheader at Bulldog Park on Saturday, May. 17. The first game is slated to start at 12 noon.