Indianapolis -- Butler got a grand slam in the first inning and scored seven runs in the second en route to a 14-2 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon at Bulldog Park.
YSU won 12-4 on Friday, so the teams will fight for the series in Sunday's finale, which starts at noon.
Craig Goubeaux had two hits for YSU, which had just five fewer hits than the Bullodgs. Pat Gelwicks and Griffin Richeson both went 3-for-4 as the first two hitters in Butler's lineup.
Gelwicks led off the first with a single, Richeson reached on an error and Radley Hadded singled to load the bases when right-fielder Marcus Heath fell running toward the ball. Mike Hoscheit then homered down the left-field line to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead before they recorded an out.
YSU's Jack Graham brought in Dan Hurlimann with an infield single in the top of the fifth, and Butler matched the run in the bottom half on Richeson's double. Phil Lipari then singled and scored on David Saluga's ground out in the eighth to make the score 12-2, and Butler added two runs without recording a hit in the bottom of the eighth for the final tally.
Krokos was charged with seven runs, six of which were earned on six hits in one inning in the loss. Pat Shedlock came on in the third and held Butler to one run over five innings.
Butler starter Dom Silvestri held YSU to one run on four hits and five walks in six innings to improve to 4-3.