MILWAUKEE - The Butler baseball team got an assist from the right-field fence at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee on Friday. Senior Mike Hoscheit hit a shot to right and it ended up being an inside-the-park home run that gave BU a 3-2 over UWM.
Hoscheit hit a fly ball to right in the 1st inning with runners on 1st and 2nd. UWM outfielder Ryan Solberg retrived the extra-base hit, but his foot became stuck in the fence. Juniors Pat Gelwicks and Jimmy Risi, who had both walked, scored. Hoscheit circled the bases for an inside-the-park homer as Solberg couldn't break free to throw the ball. The centerfielder, Luke Meeter, made the throw and Hoscheit beat a fairly close play at the plate.
That was all the scoring Butler would get, but that all it needed. Freshman lefty Eric Stout pitched 6.0 innings of one-run ball to move his record to 3-1. He struck out three and allowed just four hits. Junior Chase Byerly pitched three innings for his league-leading eighth save.
Milwaukee (10-17, 5-6) scored once in the bottom of the 2nd and came within 3-2 with a run in the 8th. Byerly retired three straight batters in the 9th to shut the door on UWM's comeback attempt.
The two teams combined for just 13 hits on the day. Meeter and Will Fadness each had two hits for the Panthers.
Butler (17-14, 6-5) and Milwaukee will conclude their weekend series Saturday, April 7.