Early Deficit Hurts Xavier And Leads To First BIG EAST Loss To Butler, 8-0

Patrick Jones got his first start in almost a month.

Patrick Jones got his first start in almost a month.

April 17, 2014

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers failed to plate a run in game one of the three-game series against Butler and fell to the Bulldogs, 8-0. The Musketeers (20-16, 6-1 BIG EAST) suffered their first loss in conference play since joining the BIG EAST.

"Today was a tough day," said head coach Scott Googins. "The thing didn't go our way today, but you have to make your own breaks. Tomorrow is a new day. We need to regroup and be ready to go."

Butler (15-21, 3-4 BIG EAST) opened up the scoring with one swing from Marcos Calderon. With runners on first and third, Calderon sent a ball over the right field wall to bring home the game's first runs, 3-0. The Bulldogs added one more run in the third after Will Amador scored on an Adam Hall wild pitch.

In the next half inning, the Bulldogs rallied for three more runs off of Hall. Austin Miller started the rally with a double score Nick Bartalone. After two more runs crossed home plate, the Musketeers found themselves down, 7-0.

One more insurance run in the fifth gave the Bulldogs game one of the three-game series, 8-0.

Brian Bruening recorded two hits in Thursday's game to build his BIG EAST hitting streak to seven games and added a stolen base for XU. Andre Jernigan had one hit and Patrick Jones, who started his first game since March 19 against Ohio State, went 1-for-3 with a double on the afternoon.

Hall (4-2) pitched well in the first two innings, but struggled to keep the batters off the base path and suffered the loss, giving up eight earned runs. Eric Stiene and Zach Johnson came in for relief and combined to pitch a perfect 3.1 innings.

Gunner Johnson (3-3) earned the win with eight innings pitched and no runs allowed.

Calderon had the big night for Butler, going 2-for-4 with one home run and four RBIs.

XU has a chance to rebound against Butler Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Live stats will be provided by ButlerSports.com.​