CHICAGO, Ill. - The Illinois Tech baseball team (9-12) took a break from conference play on Saturday to take on nearby University of Chicago (13-7) under the lights at Chicago State University. After building a 12-4 lead, the Scarlet Hawks encountered a tough Maroons offense and ultimatley fell 18-13.
- Chicago: 18 runs, 21 hits, 2 errors
- Tech: 13 runs, 9 hits, 4 errors
How it Happened
- After a 1-2-3 inning for Tech starter Roberto Carselle (who made his first collegiate start), the Scarlet Hawks offense went right to work. Highlighted by a double from right fielder Zachary Dickey, Tech scored four times on three hits, chasing Chicago starter Ricardo Fernandez out of the game before the inning ended. Second baseman DJ Rybski (sacrafice fly) and designated hitter/center fielder Peter Upham (single) drove in runs as well.
- The Scarlet Hawks added another run in the bottom of the second on a sacrafice fly from first baseman Ted Howell.
- After three innings of shutout ball, the Maroons were able to figure out Carselle in the fourth, pounding out six hits and chasing him from the game at the end of the inning. However, the Scarlet Hawks still held a 5-4 lead after the frame.
- The Scarlet Hawks gained the four runs back and then some in the bottom of the fifth, scoring seven times. Patience was key in the frame, as Tech worked six walks and forced Chicago to use three different pitchers to navigate through the inning. After RBIs via a walk, fielder's choice, a bloop double from center fielder Michael Courtney, and runs scored on wild pitches, Howell singled in two more runs with two outs to bring the score to 12-4.
- It did not take long, however, for the Maroons to respond, exploding for an eight-run inning in the top of the sixth. They used six hits and took advantage of some costly mistakes in the field to tie the game at 12-12.
- While Tech's offense went quiet, Chicago's continued to make noise, scoring six more runs over the next two innings to flip the script and take an 18-12 lead.
- Howell continued to do work in the eighth, plating another RBI on a single to pull Tech closer. However, it would be the last runs of the contest, as the Scarlet Hawks were retired 1-2-3 in the ninth inning.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Howell was impressive, foing 2-for-3 with four RBI and a run.
- Dickey went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored.
- Left fielder Jacob Sorenson continued to swing a hot bat with another multi-hit game (2-for-4) with three runs scored and two walks.
- Tyler Tucker shifted over from third base to pitcher in the ninth inning to retire three straight hitters with two inherited runners on base.
Stats to Know
- A total of 368 combined pitches were thrown in the game to 104 batters.
- The two teams combined to use 14 pitchers (eight for Chicago, six for Tech).
- Both team "batted around" multiple times. The Maroons sent nine or more hitters to the plate in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, while Tech did so in the first and fifth innings.
- WIAC play resumes this weekend with a four-day, two-game weekend set at UW-Oshkosh. Saturday's games are set to begin at 1:00 p.m., while Sunday's will begin at 12:00 p.m. Stay tuned to www.illinoistechathletics.com for any updates regarding changes to the weekend schedule.