TROY - You could say that nothing is certain except, death, taxes, and Butler conference baseball wins. In fact, over the last five seasons the Aviators baseball team has gone 59-5 in league play.
The point is - conference foes seldom knock Butler down, but when they do, the Aviators remember.
After an uncharacteristic, 7-6 loss to Troy on Friday the Aviators pummeled the host Trojans 10-1 in a Monday afternoon rubber match.
"We had a chip on our shoulder from last Friday," said Butler head coach Trent Dues after the game.
The Aviators exorcised the demons early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead to start off the first inning, and Butler never looked back, plating runs in all but two innings.
"Q, Carson, Boston, Bitty and Mike swung it well," said Dues.
Indeed they did.
Quinton Hall who got the nod on the mound for Butler, helped his own cause at the plate going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Boston Smith (2-3, 2 RBI) and Carson Clark (2-3, 2 RBI) each doubled, while Bitty Hendricks added two hits and Mike Masters knocked in two RBI.
The battery of Quinton Hall (5-1) and Boston Smith kept the Trojans off balance all afternoon.
"Great outing by Quinton tonight," said Dues.
"He had his good stuff and Boston was a blocking machine behind the plate".
For Hall, it was seven strong innings of four hit baseball, with eleven strikeouts. The Butler lefty sat down five of the last six batters faced by way of the punch out.
The win lifts Butler to 12-2, 9-1 on the season as they travel to West Carrollton to face the Pirates who are under the tutelage of head coach and Butler alum Les Lairson. The MVL match-up is set for 5:00 pm.