Baseball: Bulldogs defeat Wabash, host Northern Kentucky today

The Butler baseball team defeated Division III Wabash 10-2 at a wet and rainy Bulldog Park yesterday.

The Bulldogs (18-18, 7-5) took the lead almost immediately when freshman outfielder Nick Bartolone hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

Bartolone finished 2 for 5 with a game-high three RBIs.

Junior outfielder Marcos Calderon doubled to right field in the second inning to drive in senior outfielder Bob Akin from first base.

Butler jumped out to a 7-0 lead after just two innings of play.

The Little Giants (13-19) scored two runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 7-2.

The Bulldogs answered in the sixth with two runs driven in on a sacrifice fly by Calderon and a single by Bartolone.

Senior pitcher Kyle Kramp earned the win, allowing one hit in two innings.

Senior pitcher Joel Leichty struck out four in four innings of relief work.

Butler was swept by No. 19 Indiana in a three-game series last weekend.

The Bulldogs dropped the first two games in Bloomington, losing 12-2 Friday and 5-2 Saturday.

The Hoosiers (30-8, 8-4) won Sunday’s game at Butler 10-3.

Indiana moved up to No. 17 in the Baseball America Top 25 after the series.

The Bulldogs host Northern Kentucky at Bulldog Park at 3 p.m. today.

Butler previously defeated the Norse (8-31, 3-12) 8-3 in a March 17 game played at Northern Kentucky.

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