Bulldogs Finish Regular Season With Split At Wright State
DAYTON, Ohio - Freshman Patrick Guinane drove in seven runs and senior Grant Fillipitch had five hits and three runs as the Butler baseball team finished the regular season with a doubleheader split at Wright State. The Bulldogs will enter the Horizon League Baseball Championship as the No. 5 seed.
Each game was a blowout, with Wright State taking the first game, 17-5, before Butler answered with a 15-4 win in the second game.
Guinane, who went 6-for-9 for the day, led Butler by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the first game. Fillipitch and sophomore Andrew Eckhardt each added two hits.
WSU led 5-2 when it broke the game open by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Raiders scored at least one run in the first six innings and would score in seven of eight innings overall. Wright State had seven extra-base hits in the game, including two home runs.
The second game was all Butler, with the Dawgs taking control by scoring six times in the top of the 1st inning. The first three batters reached for BU, and a two-run single by Guinane made it 3-0. Moments later, senior Corey Moylan pulled a three-run homer to left. Moylan added an RBI double in the top of the 3rd for his fourth RBI of the day.
After a two-run double by Guinane and a sac fly by sophomre Pat Gelwicks made it 10-1 in the 6th inning, the Bulldogs struck for five runs in the top of the 7th. Gelwicks smacked a two-run double and Fillipitch and junior Mike Hoscheit each had an RBI single in the inning.
Guinane finished the second game with a 3-for-6 mark with four RBIs. Fillipitch went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Gelwicks had three RBIs.
The big early lead was more than enough for junior right-hander Mike Hernandez (5-5), who pitched 7.0 innings for the win. He struck out four and walked none. Sophomore Chase Byerly worked the final two innings and didn't give up a run.
Butler (23-26-1) finished the regular season with an 11-14-1 Horizon League record. The Bulldogs finished fifth in the league standings for the second straight season and will play No. 4 seed Valparaiso Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m.