Bulldog Bats Pound Valparaiso
INDIANAPOLIS - Juniors Pat Gelwicks and Jimmy Risi each drove in three runs and sophomore Marcos Calderon went 4-for-4 as the Butler baseball team beat Valparaiso 13-8 on Sunday afternoon. Butler took two of three games against the Crusaders over the weekend.
After falling behind 6-2 in the first two innings, the afternoon belonged to the Bulldogs. BU scored six times in the bottom of the 4th and four more times in the next two innings to not only come from behind, but to post a decisive win.
Gelwicks finished 3-for-5 with a run and a three-run double in the 4th. Gelwicks is 3-for-3 with two doubles with the bases loaded this season. Risi made noise at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort and three runs. Early in the game, he hit a towering foul ball that cleared 52nd Street in right field. Later, he hit nearly the same ball fair for a solo shot with one out in the 4th inning. Risi singled and scored in the bottom of the 5th and hit a two-run double off the fence in right in the 6th.
Calderon singled three times and had an RBI double in the bottom of the 5th. He had two RBIs and scored a pair of runs. Eight of the team's nine players had a hit as BU pounded out 16 base hits.
Freshman lefty Eric Stout was the pitcher of record, moving his record to 2-0. Four pitchers from Butler's bullpen appeared in the game and shut down the Valpo attack. Stout, senior Brian Padove and juniors Joel Leichty and Chase Byerly combined for 6.1 innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Stout pitched three innings himself and struck out four.
Valpo's Chris Manning went 3-for-4 and Will Hagel hit a three-run homer in the top of the 2nd inning. The Crusaders scored three times in each of the first two innings before the momentum shifted Butler's way. Manning was a homer short of a cycle.
Butler, with two wins over Valpo and a win over Marian, went 3-2 this week. Calderon was 6-for-10 and scored five runs, while Gelwicks and senior Mike Hoscheit each had a team-high seven hits. Hoscheit currently owns a six-game hit streak.
Butler's long stretch of home games continues this week with a pair of opponents from Ohio. Cincinnati comes to BU Tuesday, March 20 and defending Horizon League champ Wright State visits March 23-25.