Baseball Holds Off Augsburg for First Win

The Illinois Tech Baseball team won its first game of 2017 on March 11. The Scarlet Hawks held off a late Augsburg rally, winning 6-5 in the first game of Illinois Tech’s eight-game trip in the Grand Canyon State.


  • Illinois Tech: six runs, 11 hits, three errors
  • Augsburg: five runs, nine hits, four errors

How it Happened

  • A fast start propelled the Scarlet Hawks to an early advantage. DJ Rybski led off the contest with a double and later scored on an error after Tyler Tucker sacrificed him to third base.
  • Augsburg would not get to Illinois Tech starter James Tarala much that evening, but the team managed to plate a run in the third to tie the score. Two singles in the inning (including one with two outs) and an error led to the 1-1 tie through three frames.
  • After a 1-2-3 top of the fourth, Augsburg scored on a groundout after a leadoff triple to take a 2-1 advantage.
  • The Augsburg lead would be short-lived. The Scarlet Hawks led off the fifth with a Christian Lopez single. After two fly outs, a Matt Witkowski single followed by a two-RBI base knock by Rybski gave the Hawks the lead back.
  • While Tarala cruised through the next four frames, the Scarlet Hawks added to the lead in the seventh and ninth innings. A Witkowski single as part of a three-hit seventh extended Illinois Tech’s lead to 4-2. In the ninth, Witkowski had another RBI single before Rybski drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
  • With the Scarlet Hawks up 6-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Augsburg began to make some noise. With two outs and a man on second, Tarala allowed an RBI single, a wild pitch, and a hit by pitch (his second of the frame), ending his bid for a complete game. Witkowski came in for the save, allowing an RBI single to cut the lead to 6-4. The next batter reached on an error, but a relay from Lopez to Ted Howell to Jonathon Wilcox threw out the tying run at home plate to end the contest.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Tarala was outstanding, earning his first win of the season with a line of 8.2 innings pitch, eight hits, five runs (three earned), two walks, and eight strikeouts. 
  • Witkowski was three-for-four with two RBI and earned the save on the mound.
  • Shifting to the leadoff spot, Rybski was two-for-four with a double, sacrifice fly, and three RBI.
  • Lopez (three-for-four) and Kyle Bumpass (two-for-four) had multi-hit days. Bumpass also scored twice.

Stats to Know

  • The “pitcher’s best friend” had a big impact on the ballgame, as each team hit into two double plays.
  • The game’s nine combined errors led to five of the contest’s 11 runs being unearned.
  • The Scarlet Hawks did a great job of manufacturing runs, utilizing the sacrifice (one bunt, one fly) to aid them in plating two tallies.
  • Illinois Tech struck out just four times on the evening compared to eight strikeouts for Augsburg.