March 8, 2011

Bulldogs Rout Taylor, 16-5

Butler 16 Taylor 5 ; March 8, 2011

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BOX SCORE

PHOTO GALLERY (Photos by Olivia Walter)

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler baseball team pounded out 19 hits and broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the 8th in a 16-5 win over Taylor Tuesday afternoon. Mike Hoscheit went 3-for-6 with three runs and two RBIs to lead the Bulldogs. Kyle Kramp started on the mound and picked up his first career win.

Kyle Waggoner, Zach Sizemore, Marcos Calderon and Andrew Eckhardt each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Michael Letzter also went 2-for-4 with a home run in the 1st inning and two RBIs. Four different BU hitters had two RBIs each.

An RBI groundout by Grant Fillipitch and Letzter's solo shot to left gave Butler a 2-1 lead after one innings. The Dawgs added another in the bottom of the 2nd and three more in the 3rd to lead 6-3. 

After Taylor's Ryne Otis homered in the top of the 4th to make it 6-4, Butler answered with three runs in the bottom of the 5th. Hoscheit smacked in RBI double to left-center, and he scored on a double down the left-field line by Calderon. Now with an 8-4 lead, Butler continued to attack offensively. Brian Padove roped a line drive base hit to score Calderon, giving the Bulldogs a 9-4 lead.

Butler led 9-5 late in the game before going off for seven in the 8th. The inning featured five Butler hits and two errors by Taylor. Bob Akin and Patrick Guinane had RBI singles and Sizemore finished the scoring at the end of the inning with a two-run single to center.

Kramp (1-0) threw 4.0 effective innings for the victory. He scattered five hits and struck out three. The biggest moment for the right-hander came in the top of the 3rd. Two hits, a walk and an error loaded the bases for Taylor with nobody out. Kramp got TU's Austin York to fly out to shallow left before inducing a 4-6-3 double play ball to end the inning.

Dom Silvestri worked 4.0 innings and picked up the save. He allowed just one run, no walks and struck out six.

Butler (4-4) is set for a seven-game swing in Florida from March 13-19. BU's next day of action is Sunday, March 13 when it takes on Minnesota-Duluth and Mt. Marty College.