INDIANAPOLIS - Butler had twice as many hits as UIC Saturday afternoon, but the Flames made the plays when they counted most as the BU baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader. UIC took the first game, 8-4, before getting an 8-7 win in the nightcap.
Butler pounded out 28 hits during the two games, doubling UIC's daily total of 14. BU had 14 hits in each game but it was the Flames who ended up with the pair of league victories.
Freshman Patrick Guinane led the Bulldogs with a 7-for-9 day with a home run, double and four RBIs. Senior Michael Letzter and junior Mike Hoscheit each had four hits on the day, while senior Grant Fillipitch scored four runs.
The Bulldogs (15-18, 4-7 HL) got the better of the Flames save for one inning in the first game. An RBI single by sophomore Pat Gelwicks in the bottom of the 1st gave BU a 1-0 lead, then Guinane hit a shot down the right-field line, Guinane's blast hit off the right-field foul pole to give the Dawgs a 2-0 lead.
Trailing 2-1, UIC scored seven runs in the top of the 4th. The Flames only got two hits in the inning, taking advantage of three Butler errors, a hit batter and a walk. UIC's Jon Ryan had two doubles in the inning, including a three-run double to right-center that gave UIC an 8-2 lead.
The eight runs were enough for Matt Salemi to hold the Bulldogs at bay. Salemi got the win, working 7.0 innings, including five straight shutout frames after Guinane's homer in the 2nd.
BU got two runs in the bottom of the 8th. Guinane smacked an RBI double and Hoscheit had an RBI infield single. Guinane finished the game a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Fillipitch was 3-for-5 and scored twice. Three other Bulldog players had two hits each.
Senior right-hander Dom Silvestri took the loss for Butler, finding himself doomed by six unearned runs. He scattered three hits, struck out three and walked six. Junior Brad Schnitzer threw three shutout innings, allowing just one hit.
The day's second contest was as close as a baseball game can be. The game was tied 7-7 after eight innings, with both teams making several big plays. UIC scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th inning on a squeeze. Alex de Larosa put down a bunt that scored John Coen, who was pinch-running after Jacob McNamara reached on an error. The Flames' winning 9th inning featured an error, a walk, an intentional walk, a hit batter and two bunts.
Butler didn't go quietly, however. Senior Kyle Waggoner smoked a two-out single to left, then went first-to-third on a Guinane single. Guinane stole second base, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Butler couldn't find the big hit, as a pop-up in foul territory ended the game.
Guinane went 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the second game. Hoscheit had three hits and Letzter was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Gelwicks also had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs.
Butler and UIC will conclude their series Sunday, April 24 at noon.