INDIANAPOLIS - Eleven early runs - including a grand slam by senior Mike Hoscheit - helped the Butler baseball team bury Youngstown State 14-2 on Saturday afternoon. Nine of BU's 12 hits came in the first two innings as the Bulldogs cruised to an easy win.
BU jumped on YSU early for four runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. The Dawgs then added seven runs in the 2nd to effectively end the game. Junior Pat Gelwicks went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and finished a homer short of a cycle. Senior Griffin Richeson also went 3-for-4 with two walks, reaching base in each of his plate appearances.
The first three Butler batters reached when Hoscheit pulled a shot down the left-field line. It was his fifth home run of the season. A leadoff double by Lucas Calderon and a triple by Gelwicks kept the Bulldogs going in the bottom of the 2nd, when 10 Butler batters went to the plate. Junior Bob Akin added a two-run single in the inning.
The big lead was more than enough for senior starter Dom Silvestri. The right-hander pitched 6.0 efficient innings, holding the Penguins to one run on four hits. Relievers Jordan Goldschmidt and Kyle Kramp combined for the last three innings and finished the blowout victory.
Youngstown State, which scored 12 runs on Friday, was shut down by Silvestri and the big Butler lead. YSU got an RBI single from Jack Graham in the 5th and an RBI groundout by David Saluga in the 8th.
The Bulldogs will host the Penguins in the series finale Sunday, May 6 at noon. Freshman lefty Eric Stout will start on the mound for Butler.