INDIANAPOLIS - In a wild game that seemed to feature everything but a triple play, the Butler baseball team pulled away from Wabash 17-3 on Tuesday at Bulldog Park. Senior Griffin Richeson went 3-for-5 and scored three runs for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs, just two days after scoring a season-high 18 runs at Youngstown State, pounded out 17 runs on 18 hits. Six different BU players had a multi-hit game. Head coach Steve Farley used nine pitchers on the day. Kyle Kramp was credited with the win.
Junior Pat Gelwicks and senior Mike Hoscheit combined for eight RBIs and each hit a two-run homer as Butler dominated the middle innings. Gelwicks finished 2-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs. He had an RBI fielder's choice, a sac fly, a homer in the 5th inning and an RBI single in the 7th. Hoscheit went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and homered in the 4th inning.
Wabash committed five errors in the game and Little Giant pitching totaled four walks, a hit batter, three wild pitches and a balk. Wabash also lost a run early in the game on an appeal when a runner tagged up from 3rd base too early.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the 4th, BU tagged Wabash for five runs to lead 7-1. Wabash committed two errors in the inning, setting the stage for Hoscheit to lift a long fly ball over the left-field fence.
An RBI single by Richeson and Gelwicks' two-run shot to right keyed a four-run bottom of the 5th that put Butler ahead 11-1.
Hoscheit and junior Radley Haddad smacked RBI singles in the bottom of the 7th as the Dawgs scored four more runs. Freshman Austin Miller doubled in the 8th and scored on an RBI single by sophomore Marcos Calderon. Calderon finished with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Wabash (13-14) totaled 10 hits and was led by Tanner Watson's 3-for-3 effort. Two other Little Giants had two hits each.
Butler (16-13) will play a three-game series at Milwaukee this weekend. BU is 5-4 in Horizon League play, just one game ahead of Milwaukee for second place in the standings.