MILWAUKEE - A strong pitching effort by senior Jared Wagoner and timely hitting by Milwaukee resulted in a doubleheader split Saturday afternoon at Milwaukee. Butler won the first game, 4-1, but lost the second game, 6-5.
Wagoner (3-2) went 8.2 innings, allowing just one run. He struck out six in a workhorse effort, throwing 124 pitches. Sophomore Chase Byerly got the last out to pick up his third save.
Butler took an early lead when senior Grant Fillipitch doubled and later scored on a passed ball. With the score tied 1-1, senior Corey Moylan pulled an RBI single through the left side to give BU a 2-1 lead. Freshman Pat Guinane and senior Jack Krause came up with RBI singles in the top of the 9th to support Wagoner and give Butler the win.
Nine different players had one hit each in the victory.
Milwaukee scored four runs in the final two innings to edge Butler in the second game. With Butler leading 4-2, an RBI groundout and a two-run single by UWM's Cole Kraft in the bottom of the 7th made it 5-4. Krause answered with an RBI double in the top of the 8th to make it 5-5.
UWM scored the game-winning run in the 8th inning on an RBI single by Jonathan Capasso. Milwaukee's Kaleb Engelke struck out two batters and got a groundout to end the game.
Butler (11-12, 3-3 HL) hosts Purdue Wednesday, April 6 at Bulldog Park.