INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Grant Fillipitch went 5-for-6 with four RBIs and Butler had two seven-run innings as the Bulldog baseball team defeated Milwaukee, 20-12, Sunday afternoon at Bulldog Park. The win gave Butler the series win against the Panthers, and the Bulldogs won three of four this week.
All nine Bulldogs in the lineup had a multi-hit game as Butler ripped off 22 hits to turn an early deficit into a blowout win. The performance was BU's second highest offensive output this season. The Bulldogs scored 28 runs on 25 hits against IPFW on March 31.
Junior Corey Moylan had four RBIs and junior Michael Letzter had three. Fellow junior Luke Duncan went 3-for-4 and scored four runs while driving in a pair.
The Bulldogs trailed 6-1 in the 2nd inning and then 9-2 in the 4th innings as the Panthers appeared to take control. A pair of sac flies and an RBI single to right by Duncan gave the Dawgs three runs in the bottom of the 4th and pulled Butler to within 9-5.
Two innings later, Butler put a 7-spot on the board, all with two outs. Ten straight Bulldogs reached base, highlighted by two-run singles each by Fillipitch and Moylan. Letzter would add a two-run single of his own later, and BU took a 12-9 lead. In all, Butler had six hits and sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 6th.
Twelve more batters went to the plate in the very next inning, as Butler scored seven more times to put the game out of reach. Moylan had an RBI double followed by a two-run single by sophomore Nick Hladek. After Milwaukee got the second out of the inning, four straight Butler batters reached base before a base-loaded walk by Andrew Eckhardt and a two-run single by Fillipitch. Junior Kevin Crane singled and scored in the bottom of the 8th.
Milwaukee (13-16, 5-4 HL) stole 10 bases in the game, including four by Tim Patzman. The Panthers had 20 hits on the day, including Patzman's 4-for-4 effort. Doug Dekoning went 3-for-6.
Butler (11-21, 3-9 HL) hosts Ball State Wednesday, April 21 at 3 p.m. Six more home games remain on the schedule.