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Baseball Fights to Earn Game Two Win in Sunday Split

Zachary Dickey continued his strong season with some key hits on Sunday (photo credit: Judith Rackow).
Zachary Dickey continued his strong season with some key hits on Sunday (photo credit: Judith Rackow).

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Illinois Tech baseball team (11-16, 3-9 WIAC) "hosted" a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe for the second straight day, serving as the road team at Ed Glancy Field against UW-Stout (5-16, 2-8 WIAC). The Scarlet Hawks dropped the first game 8-2 before winning 10-8 in the weekend finale.

Runs-Hits-Errors: Game 1

  • Tech: 2 runs, 6 hits, 2 errors
  • Stout: 8 runs, 11 hits, 1 error

How it Happened: Game 1

  • Stout homered to start the scoring in the bottom of the second, as a solo shot by Kasey Bass of Tech starter James Tarala put the Blue Devils up 1-0.
  • Tech answered right back, however, in the top of the third, as catcher Zachary Dickey singled in center fielder Jacob Sorenson to tie the game.
  • Tarala worked out of some fourth inning trouble before giving up a run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly. He recovered nicely to have a 1-2-3 sixth inning to keep the score at 2-1 in favor of Stout.
  • The Blue Devils, however, would add runs off the Tech bullpen in the later frames. Stout added two in the seventh and four in the eighth to bring the advantage to 8-1.
  • Tech would not go out quietly, as third baseman Nick Bledsoe led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and later scored on an RBI single by left fielder Nick Worden.

Runs-Hits-Errors: Game 2

  • Tech: 10 runs, 11 hits, 6 errors
  • Stout: 8 runs, 10 hits, 5 errors

How it Happened: Game 2

  • After 1-2-3 innings for both teams in the first, the Hawks took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to an error on a bunt play by third baseman Tyler Tucker and a walk by designated hitter Michael Courtney.
  • A couple of errors by the Scarlet Hawks in the bottom of the second led to a big Blue Devil inning, as Stout plated six runs to take a four-run lead.
  • Tech would chip away over the next few innings, scoring on a passed ball in the third, a two-RBI single by Dickey in the fourth, and a Dickey RBI double in the sixth to tie the game.
  • The Scarlet Hawks broke through in the seventh, plating three runs to take a 9-6 advantage thanks to a costly Stout error and RBI singles from Courtney and center fielder Jacob Sorenson.
  • With Roberto Carselle on in relief of Zach Duke (five innings, no earned runs), the Blue Devils did some damage in the seventh thanks to a Kasey Bass double. With the lead at one (10-9) heading into the ninth, a perfect squeeze play was executed by Sorenson and Worden (pinch running). Sorenson laid the bunt down perfectly to sacrifice the insurance run across.
  • With the game on the line, Carselle locked in, getting a pop out, fly out, and strikeout to earn the win.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Dickey (2-for-4, RBI, MORE) and Worden (2-for-4, RBI, MORE) each had multi-hit game ones. Dickey was 2-for-6 with a double and three RBI in game two.
  • Tarala took the tough-luck loss in the first game, tossing seven innings while allowing just two earned runs.
  • Sorenson (2-for-4, RBI, sacrafice bunt, run, walk), Bledsoe (2-for-4. run, sacrafice bunt), Courtney (2-for-5, two RBI, walk, double), and first baseman Ted Howell (2-for-5, run, double) all had multi-hit game twos.
  • Carselle earned his first collegiate win in the second game, tossing four innings of two-run ball in relief.

Up Next

  • Tech will play its annual contest at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. against Aurora University. Live audio, video, and stats are set to be available for the evening.