INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs scored six runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and showed some power late in the game as the Butler baseball team defeated crosstown opponent Marian University, 10-5, Wednesday afternoon at Bulldog Park. Junior Kevin Crane and sophomore Nick Hladek each drove in two runs for the Dogs.
Junior Luke Duncan went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI while Hladek went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Junior Griffin Richeson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and junior Kyle Waggoner came off the bench to hit a solo home run.
Senior lefty Joe Ochs (1-0) started and got credit for the win. He worked 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits.
Ochs got plenty of help early as the Dogs got off to a big lead in the 1st. Keyed by four Marian errors and two walks, five of Butler’s first six hitters scored, highlighted by a two-run double to right center by Hladek. Richeson, BU’s No. 9 hitter, scored Hladek with an RBI single and sophomore Brian Padove would score on an error to make it 6-0. Butler sent 10 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the 1st inning.
The Knights would get on the board in the top of the 2nd but junior Grant Fillipitch tripled and scored in the BU half of the 2nd to get the run back and give Butler a 7-1 lead. In the 3rd inning, Duncan smacked an RBI single to score freshman Pat Gelwicks to give the Bulldogs an 8-2 lead.
Marian (6-10) pulled to within 8-5 with three runs in the top of the 6th but the Bulldogs took control in the 7th. Waggoner led off the frame with a solo blast to right, and Hladek followed two batters later with his second double of the game. He would score on a wild pitch to provide BU with its 10-5 lead.
Three BU pitchers – Mike Hernandez (1.1 innings), Chase Byerly (2.0) and Tyler Szymczak (1.0) – made shutout relief appearances, and all three allowed no hits.
Butler (6-11) opens Horizon League play this weekend with a three-game home series vs. Youngstown State. Game one against the Penguins is Friday at 3 p.m.