The IIT Scarlet Hawks started their fourth game of the season with an eight-run first inning, but ultimately came up short in a 13-9 loss to the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers. Senior pitcher John Rotella was again a star in relief over 3 ⅓ innings, giving up no earned runs.
Hawk bats were hot to start the game, led by senior Kevin Glennon, who was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI sacrifice fly and 4 RBIs total. Conner Wiebell was solid in his debut as designated hitter, going 1-for-3 with a single, 2 walks and an RBI. Sophomore Mike Malfeo went 2-for-4 with 2 singles, a walk and an RBI, while first baseman Jon Celestino continued his streak, going 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and 2 RBIs. Sophomore Bill Cronin also contributed to the run total, going 2-for-5 with 2 singles and an RBI.
Sophomore Andrew Gustafson made his 2013 pitching debut with a solid performance, giving up just 1 earned run in the first 5 innings. Gustafson faltered in the sixth inning, allowing 5 runs. Over his total 5 ⅔ innings pitched, Gustafson gave up 7 runs (6 earned), 9 hits, 2 walks and 1 hit batsmen while striking out 4. Reliever John Rotella pitched a total of 3 ⅓ innings, allowing 6 runs (0 earned), 5 hits, 1 walk and 1 hit batsmen while striking out 2.
The team was encouraged by the opening offensive outburst, however with defensive leader and motivator Austin Boos injured, the Hawks committed 7 errors, leading to 7 unearned runs. The Scarlet Hawks look forward to keeping their bats hot and working on fielding skills as part of a winning season.