Indianapolis, Ind. - Brandon Bayliss and Zach Ervin each scored wins in singles play, but the host Bulldogs would not be able to hold on for the team win, as UIC claimed a 5-2 decision on Friday (April 3) afternoon at the Butler Bubble.
The loss sends the Bulldogs to 7-11 on the season and gives them their first defeat in Horizon League play.
After UIC claimed a quick 8-2 decision at No. 1 doubles to start off the match, Bayliss and doubles partner Lenz Theodor brought the Bulldogs back with an 8-4 victory at the No. 3 position. Butler had a chance to take a 1-0 lead in the bout with a decision at the No. spot, but the duo of Chris Herron and Ervin would come up just short in an 8-4 match.
Bayliss and Ervin both battled their way to three-set wins in singles play that kept the Bulldogs' hopes alive.
Bayliss rallied for a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles over George Hudson before Ervin scored a 6-7 (1), 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 4 over Danny Wilson to bring the Bulldog to within a point at 3-2 with two bouts to go.
UIC would hold on for the win, however, claiming three-set wins at the No. 5 and 6 positions.
Butler had to play without No. 1 singles player Ben Raynauld in the line-up, who sat out due to injury.
The set-back is just the second conference regular season loss for the program since 1996. Butler had won 49 consecutive league bouts before falling to the Flames on April 18 of last year.
Butler returns to action on Thursday (April 9) when it welcomes Wright State to town for a 3:00 p.m. match.