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Tech Sweeps Future Conference Foe Wisconsin Lutheran

DJ Rybski tallied five hits and three RBI in the two victories (photo credit: Stephen Bates, WCS Photography).
DJ Rybski tallied five hits and three RBI in the two victories (photo credit: Stephen Bates, WCS Photography).

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Illinois Tech baseball team traveled to Milwaukee Sunday to take on another future Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference foe in Wisconsin Lutheran. The Scarlet Hawks impressed, downing the Warriors 11-7 and 9-3 to move to 8-4 on the season.

Runs-Hits-Errors: Game 1

  • Tech: 11 runs, 9 hits, 3 errors
  • WLC: 7 runs, 10 hits, 7 errors

How it Happened: Game 1

  • The Warriors started fast, as a three-hit bottom of the first for WLC gave the hosts a 2-0 lead.
  • The Scarlet Hawks plated two in the top of the third to tie the score, with second baseman Nick Bledsoe and left fielder Jacob Sorenson scoring on an error after both set the table with singles. The Warriors, however, claimed the league back in the bottom of the inning with another run to go up 3-2.
  • In the top of the fourth, stolen bases by second baseman DJ Rybski, right fielder Peter Upham, and Sorenson, who also drove in the inning's run on a fielder's choice to tie the score.
  • After a run in the fifth by Lutheran, Tech scores twice in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, the team's first of the game. The Scarlet Hawks did not need a hit in the frame to score, as WLC committed three errors and a hit by pitch.
  • Starter John Zalewski battled all game long and was able to get out of the top of the sixth unscathed to stay in line for the victory, striking out the last hitter of the frame with runners on second and third.
  • Tech added to its lead in the second, as an Upham single and an error played two more runs after Rybski set things up with a double. 
  • After the Warriors scored one in the seventh, reliever Roberto Carselle tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning before the Hawks exploded for four runs in the top of the ninth. Rybski (RBI double), Enrique Acevedo (two RBI single) and Bledsoe (RBI single) all drove in runs in the frame to put the game out of reach.

Runs-Hits-Errors: Game 2

  • Tech: 9 runs, 13 hits, 1 errors
  • WLC: 3 runs, 9 hits, 3 errors

How it Happened: Game 2

  • It was another fast start for WLC, as two more first inning runs in four hits gave the Warriors an early lead.
  • However, a leadoff double by first baseman Ted Howell in the top of the second began a rally, as an RBI single by Rybski and an error tied the score.
  • Tech starter Ryan Cantlin impressed moving forward, as aside from a run in the bottom of the fourth, the southpaw was relatively unchallenged the rest of the contest. The sophomore recorded three 1-2-3 innings the rest of the way and educed a double-play groundout in the ninth inning to face just three hitters in the final frame as well.
  • With the score 3-2 in favor of the Warriors, the Scarlet Hawk offense awoke late. In the seventh, a Sorenson double coupled with an error tied the score. One batter later, center fielder Michael Courtney singled down the left field line to take a 4-3 lead.
  • Tech would add on in the eighth, taking advantage of an early WLC error to plate three more runs courtesy of a double by DH Zachary Dickey, a single from Howell, and a single from Sorenson.
  • More insurance was added in the ninth thanks to three more hits. This time, an Upham single plated two runs.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Cantlin was a force in the second game, throwing his second plate complete game and allowing just two earned runs to move to 3-0.
  • Zalewski earned his second win in game one, allowing four earned runs in six innings.
  • Rybski was great in both contests, combining to go 5-for-10 with two stolen bases, two doubles, four runs scored, and three RBI.
  • Sorensen was 4-for-8 on the day with three runs, two RBI, and two stolen bases.

Up Next

  • Tech will play a doubleheader starting at Noon next Saturday, March 31, at Carthage College.