The Illinois Tech Men’s Baseball team saw its first action since returning from Arizona on March 24, playing a doubleheader at Ed Glancy Field against Wisconsin Lutheran. In game one, the Hawks used a six-run seventh inning to capture their second win of the season 12-4. In game two, the Warriors’ bats caught fire and were able to put the Hawks away to win 10-5.
How it Happened – Game One
- The Hawks struck first in the bottom of the second inning with a Zachary Dickey home run to right field, his second home run of the season.
- The Hawks lead was short-lived as the Warriors brought three across the plate in the top of third on two hits, and one more run in the top of the fifth.
- Tech turned on the heat, as the bats awoke in the bottom of the fifth. DJ Rybski singled up the middle to score Orlando Cardenas-Juan, Jonathon Wilcox doubled to left to bring Rybski home, and Wilcox reached home on the next pitch on a throwing error to cap off the three-run inning.
- Christian Lopez led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to center field to give the Hawks a 5-3 lead. Kyle Bumpass later scored on a throwing error to give Illinois Tech a three-run lead (6-3)
- Illinois Tech put the game out of reach in the seventh with six runs on four hits and one throwing error to help the team cruise to a victory.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Rybski went two-for-five with one run and one RBI.
- Cardenas-Juan had a great game, going three-for-three with one RBI and two runs.
- Dickey (two-of-five) and Lopez (two-of-four) both hit solo home runs and had two runs scored.
- Bumpass pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits, one walk, and striking out six to earn his first win of the season.
- Dylan Corsi threw 1 2/3 perfect innings.
Stats to Know
- Illinois Tech (13) had seven more hits than Wisconsin Lutheran (six).
- The Hawks had seven errors compared to four for WLC.
- The Warriors pitchers totaled five strikeouts, one less than the Hawks (six).
How it Happened – Game Two
- Wisconsin Lutheran jumped out to an early lead, hitting solo-homers in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 advantage.
- In the bottom of the third, the Scarlet Hawks plated three runs on four hits, as Tyler Tucker (single), Jonathon Wilcox (groundout), and Ted Howell (single) all recorded RBIs.
- Things were quiet until the sixth inning. After the Warriors plated two runs to take a 4-3 lead, the Scarlet Hawks tied the score on a Cardenas-Juan RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
- Lutheran proceeded to score six more runs over the next two innings. Illinois Tech managed to plate a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Warriors held on for the 10-5 win.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts – Game Two
- Tucker tallied three hits (three-for-four with a double) to go along with a run and an RBI.
- Rybski had another multi-hit contest (two-for-five with two runs).
- Ryan Cantlin earned a no-decision, going six innings and allowing four runs on five hits while striking out eight.
Stats to Know – Game Two
- Scarlet Hawk pitching struck out a season-high 12 batters.
- Illinois Tech made three errors compared to zero for the Warriors.
- The Scarlet Hawks will take on Milwaukee School of Engineering on the road on Monday, March 27 for a noon doubleheader. Live audio and stats will be available.