May 17, 2003
Senior Aaron Phillips tossed a one-hitter to lead Butler to a 6-0 victory over Detroit in the first game of a Horizon League doubleheader at Bulldog Park on Saturday, May 17. Detroit bounced back in the nightcap to defeat the Bulldogs, 8-2.
Phillips allowed a one-out single to Detroit's Mike Malley in the first inning of the first game and then held the Titans hitless over the final six and two-thirds innings. He had five strikeouts and two walks, while improving to 5-5 on the season. It was his second shutout of the season.
The Bulldogs scored all the runs that Phillips needed in the second inning when Paul Beck led off with a double and then scored on a single by Tim Marks. Butler added a pair of runs in the third inning on a two-run, home run by sophomore Jeff Brown, and then tallied two more in the fifth inning and one in the sixth.
Marks, Brown and junior Matt Crews each had two hits off of Detroit starter Keith Astrauckas, who went the distance and fell to 2-8 on the season.
In the second contest, lefthander Omar Diaz turned in a complete game performance to pick up his fourth win in eight decisions. He gave up a two-run, home run to senior Jeff Albert in the fourth inning, but blanked the Bulldogs the rest of the way. Diaz allowed just six hits, including two each by Albert and Marks, and he recorded three strikeouts and no walks.
Detroit jumped in front in the first inning on a towering home run by Roger Wechter and a run-scoring double by J. D. Leichtman. The Titans broke a 2-2 deadlock with four runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Tim Poley.
The Titans scored six runs off of Butler starter Corey Kugle, who fell to 1-2 on the season.
With the split, Butler moved to 30-25 on the season and clinched second place in the Horizon League with a 15-8 record. Detroit ended the day at 15-30 overall and 8-11 in league play.
The two teams will wrap up their four-game series at Bulldog Park on Sunday, May 18, at 12 noon. Prior to the game, Butler's nine seniors, who are the winningest senior class in Butler baseball history, will be recognized.