INDIANAPOLIS - IPFW pitchers issued 17 walks and the Butler baseball team waited for a pitch to hit. When the Bulldogs got something in the zone, they crushed the ball in an 11-4 win over IPFW on Sunday afternoon.
Butler, which trailed 3-1 in the 5th inning, struck for four runs in the bottom of the 5th and scored five times in the bottom of the 7th. Those two big innings featured six walks and a hit Butler batter. Once IPFW threw a strike, senior Mike Hoscheit smacked an RBI single after the previous three batters had walked.
The single-game school record for walks was 20, done twice. The last instance came in 1981 against Franklin College. IPFW starter Daniel Tursell threw 4.0 no-hit innings but walked eight batters. Despite the control problems, he left the game with the Mastodons leading 3-1. The next three relievers for IPFW each issued three walks.
Senior Griffin Richeson raised his season average 40 points on the day by going 2-for-3 and scoring three runs. Gelwicks had the bases-loaded double and four walks. Freshman Michael Fries walked three times and scored twice. Junior Radley Haddad scored two runs and drove in two more.
The victory clinched the series against IPFW, and at 7-8 Butler owns the best record in the Horizon League. The Bulldogs won three of four vs. IPFW and beat Dayton to go 4-1 this week.
It is Spring Break week at Butler, and the Dawgs will play five games. BU is at Western Kentucky Tuesday, March 13 before coming home the next day to host Marian.