INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler baseball team continued its mid-season surge Wednesday afternoon, defeating Ball State 10-5. Four different hitters had two hits for Butler, which has now won four of its last five games.
Juniors Luke Duncan and Grant Fillipitch and sophomore Nick Hladek each went 2-for-4 for BU, while junior Corey Moylan had a 2-for-3 day with two runs scored. Fillipitch scored two runs and hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 1st, his sixth home run of the season. The Bulldogs got strong pitching on a staff day, with junior Jared Wagoner picking up the win.
"I'm really impressed with how we are playing on offense. We've been very efficient, and we've stressed putting together good at-bats," head coach Steve Farley said. "And it hasn't been just one or two guys; we've had everyone in the lineup get key hits and contribute."
Butler's offense turned an early 4-1 deficit into a convincing win in the game's later innings. The Bulldogs would trail 4-2 before scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game. BU opened the game by taking advantage of wild Ball State pitching for four runs in the 7th and two more in the 8th.
Down 4-2, BU put its first two batters on base to start the bottom of the 6th. A nice sac bunt by sophomore Brian Padove moved the runners into scoring position and an infield single by sophomore Griffin Richeson pulled Butler to within 4-3. Freshman Andrew Eckhardt smacked a base bit through the left side to tie the game just two batters later.
Butler's big inning came in the next frame. Hladek had an RBI single to score Moylan and senior Kyle Schultz smacked an RBI triple, his first career three-bagger. Schultz would later score on a BSU error, and with the inning kept alive, Duncan smacked an RBI single to center to put Butler up 8-4.
BSU (17-20) got one run back, but BU got a two-run, pinch-hit double by junior Michael Letzter to provide the final margin.
"Everyone is really upbeat right now and we've regained a little swagger," Farley said. "We've beaten a couple of good teams and now we need to keep it going."
Butler (12-21) will play four league games this weekend, two at Cleveland State Saturday, April 24 and two at Youngstown State the next day. Game one on each day starts at noon.