INDIANAPOLIS - An unearned run in the bottom of the 11th inning pushed the University of Indianapolis past the Butler baseball team 13-12 on a rainy Wednesday on Indy's south side. UIndy's Matt Maringer delivered the game-winning hit.
Junior Lucas Calderon went 3-for-6 and scored two runs to lead Butler offensively. He doubled and scored in the top of the 3rd and hit the ball hard to right two other times on the day. Senior Mike Hoscheit and freshman Ryan Wojciechowski each had three RBIs for the Bulldogs, who have lost seven of eight.
Maringer smacked a ball up the middle that scored Nick Whitty with the game-winning run. Whitty led off the 11th by hitting a slow roller to third base. A Butler throwing error put Whitty on second base with nobody out. After a sac bunt and a walk, Maringer singled. Whitty threw his helmet into the air in celebration as he crossed home plate.
Clint Seefeldt pitched 5.0 innings of relief for the win. He allowed just one run on two hits. Will Schierholz was the tough-luck losing pitcher.
Butler led 7-0 in the 3rd inning and, as rain rolled in, appeared to have the game under control. The Greyhounds (31-11) answered with three runs in the bottom of the 3rd. As Butler added a run in the 4th, UIndy plated four more to tie the game 8-8.
Indianapolis led 10-8 when BU went off for four runs in the top of the 7th. The inning was a wild one in which UIndy saw two of its coaches get ejected from the game. The discrepancy appeared to be over Butler's batting order, and UIndy head coach Gary Vaught and assistant Al Ready were ejected.
Once order was restored, Wojciechowski lifted a 1-1 pitch off Seefeldt to over the fence in left-center for a 3-run homer. The four-run inning put the Dawgs ahead 10-8, but UIndy got a two-run double from Jeff Hartley to tie the game in the 8th inning. Neither team scored in the 9th or 10th innings.
Butler (19-22) will play a three-game series at Wright State this weekend. WSU (27-14, 14-4) is the Horizon League leader in the standings and took two of three from Butler at Bulldog Park back on March 24-25.