Baseball Drops Two at Butler, 2-1 and 8-6

Craig Goubeaux
Craig Goubeaux

Indianapolis -- Butler got a walk-off single from Luke Duncan in game one and scored twice in the eighth in game two to sweep a doubleheader from the Youngstown State baseball team, 2-1 and 8-6, on Friday at Bulldog Park.

The Penguins got another outstanding effort from starting pitcher Phil Klein in game one, but the offense could not give the senior righty enough support. Klein allowed one run on five hits while striking out nine in six innings.

Butler's Dom Silvestri was equally solid, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings to improve to 6-3.

Craig Goubeaux had two of YSU's six hits, and Mike Hoscheit went had three of Butler's seven hits.

The Penguins had five of their hits in the first three innings, and three of them came in the second when they took a 1-0 lead. Joe Iacobucci led off with a single, and Goubeaux moved him to second with a one-out single. Padraic Williams followed with a single to left to plate Iacobucci for the game's first score.

Hoscheit singled in Griffin Richeson with a two-out hit in the fourth, but that was all Butler could muster against Klein. The Bulldogs made him work, though, and his pitch count was high enough after six innings that YSU had to go to the bullpen.

Goubeaux led off the seventh with a single and advanced on Williams' sacrifice bunt to give the Penguins a good chance to break the tie. Silvestri got Dan Hurlimann to ground out to second, and pinch-hitter David Saluga struck out swinging to end the threat.

Kevin McCulloh came on in relief in the seventh, and Butler's 7-8-9 hitters didn't record an out in mounting the rally. Pat Gelwicks led off with a double on a 2-0 pitch, and he moved to third on a wild pitch that was ball four to Corey Moylan. Duncan then hit the first pitch of his at bat through the left side to bring in Gelwicks for the game-winner.

Youngstown State took an early 3-0 lead in game two with a three-run third. Neil Schroth led off with a single and moved to third on Jeremy Banks' single. Schroth scored on a wild pitch, and three more walks allowed Banks to score. With the bases still loaded and nobody out, reliever Brad Schnitzer came in and minimized the damage. He struck out Padraic Williams, and, after Goubeaux scored, Iacobucci was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on an error. Armani Johnson struck out with runners at the corners to end the inning.

Butler had five hits in its three-run fifth to tie the score, but YSU answered by scoring two runs in the sixth. The Guins did not record a hit in the inning as they benefitted from a passed ball and an error. Two walks and a passed ball put runners at the corners with nobody out, and Hurlimann scored when Duncan threw wild from short trying to get the force at second. Banks then brought in Leon with a sacrifice fly.

Butler scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the margin to one, and the Bulldogs reclaimed the lead with two unearned runs in the seventh. Banks singled in Johnson with the tying run in the eighth, but Butler scored twice in the bottom of the inning for the final tally.

Butler outhit YSU 17-5 in the game. Leadoff hitter Andrew Eckhardt was 5-for-6, and Duncan was 3-for-4 with three runs scored at the bottom. Banks was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for YSU.

YSU starter Robert Switka allowed three earned runs while surrendering 12 hits in five innings. McCulloh suffered the loss, allowing the final four runs in three innings.

Brian Padove threw 1.2 innigns of scoreless relief to earn the win for Butler.

With the doubleheader sweep, Butler moved ahead of YSU into fifth place in the league standings by 1.5 games.

The Penguins will play a doubleheader at Eastwood Field on Sunday against Wright State starting at noon. YSU's five seniors will be recognized prior to game one as they play in their final home conference contests.