Butler Shuts Down Wabash, 5-0
Indianapolis, Ind. - Starting pitcher Mike Hernandez held visiting Wabash scoreless on just three hits through seven innings, Tyler Tepe and Jared Wagoner closed the door in relief and the Butler offense struck for five runs in the first three innings to post a workman-like, 5-0, victory over the Little Giants on Tuesday (April 7) afternoon at Bulldog Park.
Butler collected 11 hits in the affair - including seven in the first three frames - to generate all of its offense in the early going.
After Rick Betsch singled up the middle on the first pitch of the game and moved to second on a wild pitch, Grant Fillipitch roped a two-out double over the head of the Wabash right fielder to bring Betsch in with the Bulldogs' first run of the game. Kyle Schultz followed with a single to right that scored Fillipitch and gave Butler a 2-0 lead at the start.
Blaine DeCamp got things started up again in the second, reaching first on a walk, taking second on a wild pitch and moving to third on a ground-out. Betsch then brought DeCamp in with an RBI single back up the middle.
After moving to second on a groundout and stealing third, Betsch touched home on a single to short right center field by Luke Duncan to put the Bulldogs on top, 4-0.
Fillipitch added an insurance run for Butler in the third, heading to first after being hit by a pitch, taking second on a sacrifice bunt by Griffin Richeson and scoring the fifth run of the game on a single to right center by DeCamp.
Meanwhile, Hernandez worked a dominant 7.0 innings in his first collegiate start, allowing just two infield singles through the first six frames while not allowing a runner past second base. Tepe and Wagoner added scoreless innings in relief.
DeCamp finished with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate, scoring one run, while Betsch and Fillipitch each added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Schultz also posted a two-hit game.
Butler heads to Fort Wayne, Ind., on Wednesday (April 8) when it battles IPFW beginning at 3:00 p.m.