MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Butler baseball team lost two close games to Milwaukee Friday, dropping game one 5-4, and game two 6-5. The Bulldogs led most of the first game before a Panther rally in the 9th inning. In the nightcap, BU had the tying run thrown out at home in the 8th inning.
Senior Kyle Schultz led the Bulldogs on the day by going 4-for-7 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Junior Luke Duncan had three hits on the day, all coming in the second game.
Schultz's two-run double to left-center in the 1st inning gave BU an early lead in game one. An RBI single by senior Bobby Mosser in the top of the 7th would give Butler a 4-2 lead.
Milwaukee would rally to win in the bottom of the 9th. With one out, the Panthers strung together three singles before Bulldog starter Mike Hernandez struck out Shaun Wegner for the second out. The next batter, Dan Buchholz, smacked a two-run double to tie the game. After an intentional walk, UWM's Ben Long stroked a game-winning single.
Hernandez (4-4) went the distance, striking out seven over 8.2 innings. He scattered 11 hits and walked three.
In game two, Butler took advantage of two Milwaukee errors and a wild pitch in the 2nd inning to gain a 4-0 lead. UWM scored three in the 3rd inning and two in the 4th for a 5-4 lead.
Another run in the bottom of the 6th gave the Panthers a 6-4 lead. Schultz singled and scored on a double by sophomore Griffin Richeson in the top of the 8th. The Bulldogs could not finish the rally, however.
Schultz finished the second game 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Richeson was also 2-for-4.
Butler (18-26, 8-13 HL) returns home for a doubleheader vs. Valparaiso Monday, May 17.