INDIANAPOLIS - A home run by senior Corey Moylan came too late as the Butler baseball team dropped a 6-2 decision to Cleveland State on Mother's Day at Bulldog Park. Junior Griffin Richeson went 3-for-4 to lead BU in what will be the last time Butler and Cleveland State play in baseball.
CSU had used a solid pitching effort and a series of soft bloop hits to nickel and dime their way to a 5-0 lead before Butler got on the board in the bottom of the 6th. Senior Grant Fillipitch singled to center then scored on a double by junior Mike Hoscheit.
With Butler trailing 6-1 in the 9th, Moylan jumped on a fastball and pulled it over the fence in left. It was his first homer of the season. Moylan also had a walk on the day. Freshman Patrick Guinane went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
Butler (18-23) was undone when Cleveland State posted four runs in the top of the 6th. BU yielded two errors, three hits, a walk and two stolen bases in the inning. The damage may have been worse but the Bulldogs turned a nifty 3-6-1 double play to end the frame.
Cleveland State's Alex Johnson went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Three other Viking players had two hits apiece. The Bulldogs were stymied by tall right-hander Nate Dick, who allowed just one run over 7.0 innings. He only struck out one and walked one, effectively using his defense to hold Butler at bay. Nate Blankemeyer pitched the final 2.0 innings for CSU, which is dropping intercollegiate baseball effective June 30.
Junior Mike Hernandez (3-5) pitched 5.1 innings and took the loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) and struck out three against one walk. Junior Brian Padove worked two scoreless innings at the end of the game.
Butler has a busy week ahead as the academic year comes to a close. BU will travel to IPFW Tuesday, May 10 before playing four Horizon League home games next weekend. Youngstown State and Milwaukee will each come to Bulldog Park for a doubleheader.