AVON LAKE, Ohio – Sophomore Mike Hernandez threw seven solid innings in game one and Butler swept a doubleheader at Cleveland State Saturday afternoon. Butler won the first game, 10-3, and claimed a 7-6 win in the second game. The Bulldogs have won four straight and six of seven games.
Junior Kevin Crane led BU on the day with five hits and six RBIs. He had a home run and three doubles. Senior Joe Ochs was the winning pitcher in the second game.
Crane and junior Michael Letzter led the Dawgs in game one. Crane went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Letzter was 2-for-5 with three RBIs.
Down 1-0 early, Butler six runs in the second and third innings. The Bulldogs led 6-2 until the top of the 9th before scoring four more runs. Crane’s two-run double was the highlight of the inning.
Hernandez (3-2) went 7.0 innings, striking out seven and allowing just two runs. He scattered eight hits and walked three.
Crane drove in four in game two and senior Kyle Schultz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Junior Corey Moylan went 4-for-5 and scored three runs.
Cleveland State led 5-2 early but Ochs get the Bulldogs in the game. Schultz’s two-run double pulled BU to within 5-4 in the 3rd inning.
Crane’s three-run homer to left center in the top of the 7th essentially won the game. Junior Grant Fillipitch led the inning off with a double and Moylan followed with a single before Crane’s blast.
Ochs (2-3) finished with 5.0 innings pitched, allowing five runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked four. Freshman Billy Laing pitched 2.1 solid innings and junior Jared Wagoner slammed the door on the Vikings. Wagoner retired all five batters he faced – striking out three – en route to his first save of the season.
Butler (14-21, 5-9 HL) continues its NE Ohio swing with two games Sunday (April 25) at Youngstown State. Game one is set for 10:15 a.m. ET. The early start is due to hopes of avoiding rain.