NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A late home run by senior Mike Hoscheit in the day's second game lifted the Butler baseball team to an 8-7 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Belmont on Saturday. BU lost the first game 12-4.
With Butler trailing 7-6 in the 8th inning, Hoscheit slugged a two-run, two-out homer to right that put the Bulldogs ahead 8-7. Senior Brad Schnitzer pitched the bottom of the 8th for the win and junior Chase Byerly slammed the door shut in the 9th inning for the save.
Butler found itself down 5-1 in the middle innings when it exploded for five runs in the top of the 6th. The Bulldogs took advantage of a key Belmont error, which set the table for Risi's three-run double. Risi scored moments later on a double by Hoscheit to give Butler a 6-5 lead. Belmont would answer with a pair of runs to lead 7-6 after six innings.
Hoscheit's homer, the second of his BU career, helped the Bulldogs overcome four errors on the day. Three of Belmont's four runs in the 3rd inning were unearned.
Belmont was led in the second game by its centerfielder, Dylan Craig, who went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
The Bruins built a big lead early in Saturday's first game, leading 5-0 after the first three innings. A two-run triple in the 3rd by Matt Beaty broke the game open. With a 7-0 lead in the 6th inning, Belmont scored four more times to lead 11-0. A wild pitch, a batter and an error gave the Bruins an opportunity to take command.
Butler did rally in the last inning, however. The Bulldogs scored four runs on four hits and a walk before Belmont finished the job. Freshman Austin Miller hit a two-run single and scored on a single by junior Bob Akin. Junior Jack Dillon added an infield single in the inning.
For the day, Gelwicks and Hoscheit each led offensively with a 3-for-6 effort. Hoscheit and Risi drove in three runs and Gelwicks scored three times. Miller had two hits and two RBIs on the day.
BU will finish its series at Belmont Sunday, March 4. Butler will return home to play Dayton Tuesday, March 6 at Bulldog Park at 3 p.m. ET.