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INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler baseball team completed a three-game weekend sweep over Lawrence University Sunday, defeating the Vikings 11-0 in the first game and 14-3 in the finale. The Bulldogs held Lawrence scoreless for the first 21 innings of the series before the Vikings got three runs late in the third game.
As both games turned into routs, a lot of Bulldog players saw game action. Junior Griffin Richeson led all BU players with four hits on the day, while three other players - senior Luke Duncan, sophomore Andrew Eckhardt and freshman Patrick Guinane - totaled three hits. Eckhardt scored five runs during his 10 plate appearances.
Both of Butler's starting pitchers - senior Jared Wagoner and junior Mike Hernandez - gave a solid effort. Wagoner won the first game, working 6.0 innings with six strikeouts and no walks. He allowed three hits, and only one Lawrence baserunner reached second base. Hernandez rolled through his first five innings before finding bad luck in the top of the 6th. He finished with 6.0 innings of work, scattering seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
In the first game, Butler plated five runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, four runs in the 4th and two more in the 5th. Guinane had a two-run single and Duncan and Grant Fillipitch each had an RBI single in the 3rd for the Dawgs. Fillipitch would collect another RBI single in the next inning and Duncan would lift a sac fly to center in the bottom of the 4th. Butler posted four singles and a walk in the 5th to turn the game into a blowout.
The Bulldogs (15-16) continued where they left off in the beginning of the second game. Five first-inning runs, sparked by three consecutive extra-base hits, effectively ended the game quickly. Sophomore Pat Gelwicks crushed a triple to right-center and then scored moments later on a wild pitch. Guianne was the very next batter, and he sent a triple nearly to the same spot. Guinane then scored on a double by junior Mike Hoscheit.
A collection of errors and walks would eventually lead to a 12-0 Butler lead in the later innings. At this point in the weekend, Lawrence had yet to score a run. Butler won Saturday's opener, 7-0, and then had posted 12 shutout innings on Sunday. A Butler error and a couple of choppers in the infield gave the Vikings some momentum, and they scored three runs in the top of the 6th.
Butler would then add two more runs in the bottom half of the 6th for good measure. Richeson smacked an RBI single to right and then freshman Zach Sizemore had an RBI groundout that scored freshman Marco Caponi.
In total, Butler scored 32 runs on 40 hits for the weekend. Butler pitching allowed just three runs in 23 innings, just one run earned. The Bulldogs will try to keep their hot play going this week against Ball State and UIC. BU goes to BSU Tuesday, April 19 then hosts UIC April 22-23.