Bulldogs Fall In 13-12 Slugfest

CINCINNATI - Butler led 12-10 in the 9th inning but Cincinnati scored three runs in its last at-bat to edge the Butler baseball team, 13-12, Tuesday evening. The contest in southwest Ohio was Butler's final non-conference game of the year.

Junior Mike Hoscheit and senior Luke Duncan each had three hits to lead the Bulldogs, who trailed 10-3 early in the game before making a great comeback. Senior Corey Moylan went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs. Twenty-two Bulldog players saw action in the game, including six different pitchers. Cincinnati played 18 players (eight different pitchers).

With the game tied 10-10 after six innings, Butler took command by scoring a run in both the 7th and 8th innings to take a 12-10 lead. The field was wet and sloppy from a season's worth of rain. The conditions definitely affected play toward the end of the game. It was truly a test of wills. 

In the bottom of the 9th, the first two Bearcats reached base before sophomore Jared Earle struck out UC's Jake Saylor. Butler was two outs away from winning. The next batter, Chris Peters, smacked an RBI single to make it 12-11. Earle got the next UC batter swinging, and the Bulldogs had the lead and one out to go for the victory.

An RBI single by Justin Glass and a wild pitch moments later brought home the tying and winning runs for Cincinnati. Glass and Jason Proctor each had three hits for UC. Glass drove in four runs.

The game featured 40 players, 14 pitchers, 30 hits and 25 runs. Butler out-hit Cincinnati by a 17-13 margin.

The Bulldogs finish 2011 with a 12-12 mark in non-league games. They also posted a 13-9-1 mark at Bulldog Park.

Butler has won league series left in the regular season before playing in the Horizon League Baseball Championship. BU will travel to Wright State for a three-game set May 19-20. The league tournament, also at Wright State, is set for May 25-28.

Butler started fast, plating three runs in the first frame for an early 3-0 lead. Eckhardt led off the game with a single and he scored on a double by Fillipitch. RBI singles from freshman Patrick Guinane and Luke Duncan gave Butler the three-run advantage.

The Bearcats answered with two runs in the bottom of the 1st and three more runs in the 2nd. Cincinnati slugged three home runs – including a pair by the first two batters of the inning – to give UC a 5-3 lead. A five-run bottom of the 3rd gave Butler a 10-3 deficit.

The Bulldogs (22-24-1) got three runs in the top of the 5th, with a two-run single by Moylan and an RBI double by sophomore Pat Gelwicks serving as the big hits. BU plated four runs in the 6th inning to make it 10-10, again with another two-run single by Moylan and an RBI single by Gelwicks.

Butler took advantage as Cincinnati's pitching struggled. UC pitchers issued eight walks and four wild pitches. Hoscheit and sophomore Andrew Eckhardt also made highlight-reel catches in the outfield. Hoscheit's diving play in right came in a big spot as it was the final out of the 8th inning. Eckhardt made his diving play in center during the 7th inning.