INDIANAPOLIS –Butler and Milwaukee each had a big inning in each game as the Bulldog baseball team split a doubleheader with the Panthers Saturday afternoon. BU won the first game, 11-2, before Milwaukee answered with a 14-4 win in the second game.
Junior Michael Letzter went 2-for-3 with three RBIs with a triple and a double and sophomore Mike Hernandez threw 8+ solid innings to lead the Bulldogs in game one. But it was a big six-run 8th inning that broke the game open.
With BU leading 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th, the Dawgs took advantage of three wild pitches and an error to score their six runs. The big blow in the inning was a triple to left center by junior Corey Moylan.
Hernandez (2-2) was more than effective, scattering 10 hits while allowing just two runs (one earned) over 8.0 innings. He faced two batters in the top of the 9th before coming out. The sophomore right-hander struck out five and walked one.
Moylan went 2-for-4 with two runs and junior Luke Duncan and freshman Andrew Eckhardt each had two hits. Junior Jack Krause drove in a pair of runs.
Like Butler in the first game, UWM (13-15, 5-3 HL) had a big inning late in the game to pull out a victory.
Butler led 4-2 and senior Joe Ochs was throwing his best game of the season when the wheels fell off in the top of the 8th. Milwaukee scored 11 runs – all coming with two outs – in the inning to break the game open. Seventeen Panthers batted in the inning, which featured seven hits and four walks. Nine of the 11 UWM runs in the inning were unearned due to two Bulldog errors.
The inning gave Ochs (1-3) the loss despite a great effort. The senior lefty allowed seven hits over 7.2 innings while striking out seven and walking two. At one point, he retired 16 straight Panthers and had a stretch of 19 batters in between hits. Ochs got the first two outs of the disastrous 8th inning, and the game was tied when he was taken out of the game. The next three Butler pitchers combined to record exactly one out.
Junior Kevin Crane led the Dawgs offensive in game two, driving in all four of the team’s runs. He finished 2-for-3 with a pair of run-scoring singles and an RBI groundout. Junior Grant Fillipitch added a 2-for-4 effort and scored twice. Milwaukee’s Dan Buchholz and Tim Patzman combined to go 5-for-10 with seven RBIs.
Butler (10-21, 2-9 HL) concludes the three-game series vs. Milwaukee Sunday, April 18 at noon.