IIT Baseball struggled in their first night game of the season against Northwestern College of Iowa. Despite the 12-2 loss, freshman pitcher Conner Wiebell was a bright spot in relief, entering the game during the seventh inning.
Senior Jack Kosar started the game, going 1 ⅔ innings, striking out 2, giving up 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits, 2 walks and 1 hit batsman. Fellow senior Jesus Sanchez entered the game in relief, pitching 4 ⅓ innings, striking out 3, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and 5 walks. Wiebell's aforementioned collegiate debut featured three innings of shutout ball, striking out 1, giving up 3 hits, walking 2 and 1 hit batsman.
The Hawks offense was led by catcher Mike Malfeo, going 3-for-5 with 2 singles and a triple with one run scored. Malfeo's triple was his second of the trip and third extra-base hit as well. Senior Jon Celestino went 1-for-4 with a single and RBI, with sophomore Alex Babusci going 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI single. Starting shortstop freshman Austin Boos also went 1-for-3 with a single, but suffered a pulled hamstring during the sixth inning attempting to beat out a ground ball to second base.
In spite of the loss and injury to shortstop Boos, the Hawks were encouraged by the standout pitching of Wiebell and the hot bat of Celestino, driving in one of IIT's two runs of the evening.