Cincinnati Edges Butler

Pat Gelwicks

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati scored three runs late to edge past the Butler baseball team 6-4 on Tuesday night. Senior Pat Gelwicks hit a two-run homer to lead the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs, a new Big East team playing most of their younger players and reserves against the former Big East Bearcats, led 3-1 after plating three unearned runs in the top of the 5th. Freshman James Baker singled to lead off the inning, and he scored with two outs when freshman Mike Kseniak reached on an error. The UC miscue proved costly as the next batter, Gelwicks, smacked a 1-2 pitch out of the park for his first home run of the season.

With the game tied 3-3, the Bulldogs found the go-ahead run in the 7th inning. Freshman Drew Small was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI double by pinch-hitter Michael Fries, the team's usual starter in left field.

Cincinnati (22-31) reclaimed the lead with two runs in the bottom of the 7th. An error, walk, a wild pitch and a hit batter by Butler set the stage for UC. Cincinnati's Ian Happ hit a two-run single to left-center that put the Bulldogs down 5-4. The home team added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th.

Senior Joel Leichty was strong in his final start, pitching 4.0 innings and giving up just one run and no walks. The loss was pinned on senior Kevin Lenkman, who didn't allow an earned run in his three innings. 

BU (24-25, 11-10) will conclude its regular season vs. Xavier this weekend. The first two games will be at Bulldog Park May 16-17. The finale will be Saturday at Victory Field at 2 p.m. Butler enters the final weekend one game behind Saint Joseph's and George Washington for the final spot in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship.