May 11, 2012

Bulldog Comeback Falls Short

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler baseball team tallied three runs in the bottom of the 9th but ran out of outs in a 7-3 loss to Milwaukee on Friday afternoon. Senior Mike Hoscheit went 2-for-2 with a walk to lead Butler.

The game featured 23 strikeouts (11 looking) and shaped up to be a pitchers' duel. Starting pitchers Eric Semmelhack and Dom Silvestri battled, but the Panthers strung enough hits and Semmelhack was dominant to put UWM ahead. Milwaukee scored in the 1st and 3rd innings to lead 2-0, and went ahead 3-0 on a sac fly in the top of the 5th.

The key inning was the top of the 6th, when UWM scored four times. Two errors and a walk allowed Milwaukee to take a 7-0 lead. In all, BU committed four errors, tied for the most this season.

Junior Jack Dillon had an RBI walk and freshman Ryan Wojciechowski smacked an RBI single to spark BU's late comeback attempt. A sac fly by junior Pat Gelwicks with the bases loaded and one out concluded the scoring. 

Semmelhack (5-6) tossed 7.0 shutout innings and fanned eight. He allowed five baserunners, and no Bulldog reached third base against him.

Silvestri pitched into the 6th, tying a career high with eight strikeouts. Jordan Goldschmidt pitched 4.0 innings, in what may have been his best outing as a Butler player. He allowed just one hit and struck out five. Everything else against Goldschmidt was kept in the infield.

Four Panthers had two hits apiece, led by Will Fadness with a 2-for-4 day and two RBIs. The 7-8-9 hitters in UWM's lineup each had two hits. In contrast, Butler's 1-2-3 hitters went 1-for-12.

Butler and Milwaukee will play again Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. There will be a special pre-game ceremony at 12:45 p.m. honoring the late Bill Farber '80, a former Butler player who has left a lasting legacy on the program.