The Butler baseball team needed a late rally to keep its winning streak alive, as the Grizzlies scored seven times in the bottom of the eighth to defeat visiting Allen County, 7-5, on Wednesday at McDonald Stadium.
Butler has now won eight straight games, improving to 15-8 on the season. After starting the year 0-3, Butler has won 15 of its past 20 games.
Against Allen, the Grizzlies were being no-hit through the first seven innings of the non-conference game and were trailing 5-0 going into the bottom of the eighth.
With one out, Logan Beard and Dalton Wheat singled, chasing Allen County starter Chase Cunningham, who had hurled seven shutout innings. Ty Redington walked to load the bases and Evan Koehler doubled to drive in a pair of runs.
A wild pitch allowed Redington to walk, making the score 5-3. After a pair of walks, Jordan Knox reached on a throwing error by the Allen shortstop and two runs scored, tying the game 5-5.
Butler scored its seven runs with just four hits. Only three of those seven runs were earned.
Gibson Russ started for Butler, throwing six innings and allowing just two runs, both of which came in the top of the third. Eliot King threw a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh. Kyle Vogt earned the win, despite allowing three runs in the top of the eighth. He is now 1-2 on the season. Trever Ezell came in to throw a scoreless bottom of the ninth, giving him his eighth save of the season.
After four straight non-conference wins, the Grizzlies return to play in the Jayhawk West this weekend with four games at Barton. The Grizzlies will play doubleheaders in Great Bend on Saturday and Sunday.