YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Butler clubbed three home runs in game one and five different players had three hits on the day as the BU baseball team split a doubleheader Sunday at Youngstown State. Butler won the first game, 9-8, before falling to YSU in a rain-shortened 10-6 contest in game two.
Butler finishes the weekend 3-1, and the Bulldogs have won five of their last six games.
Junior Kevin Crane went 3-for-5 and hit a grand slam to lead the Dawgs in the first game. Junior Corey Moylan hit a two-run homer in the top of the 1st junior Michael Letzer smacked a solo home run as part of a three-run 6th inning for Butler.
The Bulldogs led 9-2 after six innings before Youngstown State rallied to make it interesting. The Penguins scored four runs in the 7th and got two more in the bottom of the 8th to pull within 9-8. Senior Tyler Szymczak preserved the win by striking out three batters in the bottom of the 9th. It was his second save of the season.
Freshman Jared Earle gave 6.0 solid innings, scattering five hits and yielding just one earned run. He struck out two and walked one.
YSU’s Jacke Healey went 4-for-5 with a home run to lead Youngstown State. Phil Klein took the loss, allowing six runs over 4.2 innings.
A seven-run bottom of the 2nd for the Penguins was too much for Butler in the six-inning, rain-shortened game. Freshman Andrew Eckhardt went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Butler. The Bulldogs led 3-2 when the Penguins went for seven runs in the 2nd to go up 9-3.
The Bulldogs pulled to within 9-6 before a solo home run by YSU’s Tom Clayton in the bottom of the 6th provided the final margin. Rain started up after the 6th and ended play.
Junior Kyle Waggoner drove in three runs in game two, while senior Kyle Schultz and Letzter each had two hits.
Butler (15-22, 6-10 HL) has the week off due to final exams. The Dawgs play at UIndy on May 4 and at Illinois on May 5.