INDIANAPOLIS – Butler scored 19 runs in the 7th and 8th innings and junior Kyle Waggoner went 6-for-7 with a homer and scored four runs as the BU baseball team blew out Cleveland State, 22-8, Friday afternoon at Bulldog Park. Waggoner’s six hits was a single-game school record for hits.
Junior Corey Moylan and sophomore Nick Hladek each went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Junior Luke Duncan scored four runs and drove in three.
Butler’s finish to the game was the exact opposite of the way it started. CSU scored six in the top of the 1st to and added another run in the 3rd inning to go up 7-0 before a bases-loaded walk by Duncan put the Bulldogs on the board. Two innings later, Waggoner smacked a two-run homer to right to pull Butler to within 7-3.
BU’s game-changing inning came with the Vikings holding on to an 8-3 lead. Butler scored 10 runs on six hits and four walks, sending 14 batters to the plate. Duncan and Moylan each had a two-run single in the inning.
Leading 13-8, the Bulldogs tacked on nine more in the bottom of the 8th. With the bases loaded and one out, pinch hitter Mike Hoscheit cracked the first pitch he saw into right-center for a three-run double. He would score on a wild pitch, one of four issued by CSU pitching on the day. The hits continued until sophomore Griffin Richeson pulled a ball over the left field fence for a two-run homer.
After a single by Duncan kept the inning going, Waggoner came to the plate 5-for-6 on the day, one hit short of the school record. He would send a deep fly ball into right-center for a double, becoming the first Bulldog ever to record six hits in a game. He scored moments later on a single by junior Grant Fillipitch.
For the day, Waggoner had four singles, an RBI double and a two-run home run. He was out on an infield fly in the bottom of the 4th.
Freshman Billy Laing (2-1) got the win, allowing one run over 4.0 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Sophomore Mike Hernandez started the game and struck out five while allowing seven runs (three earned).
Butler (19-27, 9-13 HL) and Cleveland State will play a doubleheader Saturday, May 22 beginning at noon. The Bulldogs can climb as high as No. 4 in the regular season standings this weekend. Cleveland State's season is over on Saturday.