April 15, 2012

Late Comeback Gives BU Doubleheader Split

INDIANAPOLIS - Down 8-5 in the bottom of the 9th, the Butler baseball team plated four runs in the final frame to claim a 9-8 comeback win over UIC on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Austin Miller had the game-winning RBI single. 

The win salvaged a doubleheader split, as the Flames edged the Bulldogs 7-5 in extra innings in the day's first game. BU finished the week 2-2, adding a win over Ball State to a 1-2 weekend against UIC.

For the day, juniors Jimmy Risi, Radley Haddad and Pat Gelwicks each had four hits. Gelwicks scored five runs while Risi had four runs and four RBIs. 

Butler (19-17) will host Xavier Tuesday, April 18 at Bulldog Park. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

GAME 1 - UIC 7, Butler 5 (13 innings)
UIC outlasted Butler, scoring two runs in the top of the 13th inning. Alex Lee went 4-for-7 and had an RBI in the final inning. 

Leading 5-3 in the 7th, Butler surrendered a pair of runs when the Flames banged out four hits in the top of the 7th. The two teams traded zeroes on the scoreboard with BU reliever Chase Byerly and UIC's Charlie Weinberg holding their opponents at bay. Byerly, Butler's closer and the league leader in saves, pitched a career-high 6.2 innings. Weinberg earned the win with 5.0 shutout innings.

Butler broke free in the bottom of the 9th, loading the bases with one out. A botched suicide squeeze led to the Flames getting two outs at 3rd base on a bizarre rundown play. Suddenly, the game headed to extra innings tied 5-5.

UIC's Alex Jurich leadoff the 13th with a single and then advanced to 2nd on a sac bunt. He scored the go-ahead run moments later on a single by Nick Addison. Lee later singled home Addison for an insurance run.

Haddad went 3-for-5 with a double and a two-run single. Sophomore Marcos Calderon added a pair of RBI singles. Gelwicks went 3-for-6 and scored twice.

Senior Brad Schnitzer, normally a reliever, started and pitched 5.0 solid innings. He allowed just one earned run and struck out five.

GAME 2 - Butler 9, UIC 8
Miller smacked a clutch RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to cap a four-run rally to lift BU to a series finale win. 

Like the day's first game, the two teams were tied 5-5 when UIC struck for three runs in the top of the 9th. The key blow was a two-run double by Alex Grunenwald. Jon Ryan added an RBI single to put UIC ahead 8-5.

UIC plunked the leadoff batter and then a fielding error put Butler runners on with nobody out. RBI singles by Gelwicks, Risi and senior Mike Hoscheit set the stage for Miller's heroics. 

Risi went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs, three runs and a walk. He also blasted a foul ball off a house across 52nd Street. Risi leads the Horizon League with nine home runs. Senior Griffin Richeson went 3-for-5 and scored the tying run in the 9th.

Senior Mike Hernandez got the win in relief, working the game's final two frames. Dom Silvestri started and pitched 6.0 innings.