The Butler University baseball team won two of three games over the weekend to improve to 10-1 on the season. With their 5-1 over Saint Peter’s University on March 2, the team tied the school record for consecutive wins. Here’s a breakdown of the team’s weekend contests:
Game 1 | 3/2: 5-1 win over Saint Peter’s University:
- On the mound: Redshirt junior Connor Mitchell got the start, allowing one earned run over 5 ⅓ innings while striking out three and walking two. Senior Josh Walker pitched the final 3 ⅔ frames, striking out seven while allowing just one hit and no runs.
- At the plate: Senior outfielder Gehrig Parker and junior catcher Zach Parker each had two hits in the game. Senior outfielder Tyler Houston led the team with 2 RBI and hit an RBI triple in the ninth inning. Junior infielder Connor Dall also picked up an RBI on a ninth inning single.
Game 2 | 3/3: 3-0 loss to the University of Pittsburgh:
- On the mound: Senior pitcher/infielder Garrett Christman allowed two earned runs over 5 ⅓ innings while walking three and striking out three. Junior Quentin Miller finished out the sixth inning without allowing a run, and junior Sam Hubbe pitched the final two innings, surrendering one earned run on three hits and two walks.
- At the plate: The Bulldogs managed just three hits in the game (from redshirt senior infielder Michael Hartnagel, Garrett Christman, and Dall) but were unable to manufacture any runs.
Game 3 | 3/4: 19-1 win over Saint Peter’s University:
- On the mound: Nine pitchers saw action in Butler’s lopsided victory over Saint Peter’s on Sunday. Sophomore Ryan Pepiot made the start for Butler, striking out six and walking two while allowing just one earned run over five innings. After Pepiot, eight pitchers took the mound for Butler, each recording just one or two outs, to shutout Saint Peter’s the rest of the way.
- At the plate: Zach Parker went 2-2 at the plate, leading the Bulldogs with 5 RBI. Hartnagel and freshman infielder James Gargano each had 3 RBI, while freshman outfielder Jacob Margroff and Garrett Christman each drove in two runs. Five players had extra-base hits for Butler.
The Bulldogs will look to keep their hot start going when they return to Indianapolis for their home opener against Fort Wayne. The team will play three games at Bulldog Park against Fort Wayne from March 9-11.