Howell Goes Yard as Tech Splits with Rockford Saturday

ROCKFORD, Ill.—The Illinois Tech baseball team played a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) doubleheader at Rockford University this past Saturday. After struggling to get the bats woken up, the Scarlet Hawks (7-11, 3-3 NACC) rallied to earn a split with the Regents (5-12, 1-5 NACC).

Game One: Runs-Hits-Errors

  • Tech: 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors
  • Rockford: 10 runs, 14 hits, 3 errors

Game One: How It Happened

  • The offense took a while to get going as the Scarlet Hawks trailed 8-0 heading into the seventh inning.
  • Rockford came out swinging to the tune of 12 hits and nine runs in seven innings off Tech starter Roberto Carselle.
  • Jacob Sorenson got the Hawks on the board for the only runs of the afternoon with a two-RBI single. The third one crossed the plate on a throwing error.
  • Joseph Hindy was called upon to close out the game, pitching one inning and allowing just one run.

Game One: Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Sorenson was the lone batter to knock in any runs, going 1-for-4 with two RBI.
  • Nick Bledsoe was able to take advantage of the throwing error to score to close out the seventh inning.

Game Two: Runs-Hits-Errors (8 innings)

  • Tech: 9 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors
  • Rockford 3 runs, 7 hits, 4 errors

Game Two: How it Happened

  • The Scarlet Hawks got on the board early, as Claudio LoBraico was able to drive home Orlando Cardenas-Juan with an RBI double in the first inning.
  • Ted Howell extended the Tech lead with a solo blast to left center in the fourth inning.
  • The six inning saw the bats come to life for both teams, as Howell drove in another run followed before Cardenas-Juan, Zachary Dickey, and Sorenson all got in on the action with RBI to push the lead to 7-0. Rockford responded in in the home half of the inning by plating three runs to cut the deficit to four.
  • In the top of the eighth inning, the Scarlet Hawks put the game out of reach as LoBraico knocked in Brandon Holifield and allowed David Navarro to score on a throwing error on a steal of second base.
  • The Scarlet Hawk defense turned in a gem with zero errors and a complete game from starter Ryan Cantlin.

Game Two: Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Cantlin went the distance for a second straight start, throwing all nine innings and surrendering only three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts.
  • Howell filled up the stat sheet offensively with three hits (one Home Run), two RBI, and two Runs.
  • LoBracio and Sorenson both contributed two RBI

Up Next

  • Tech will host top-ranked Concordia University Chicago in a conference doubleheader tomorrow at noon. Live audio, video, and stats will be available. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Media School.