Krestwood, IL - Standard Bank Stadium home of the Windy City Thunderboltz brought out the best in the offense for Illinois Tech scoring 8 and 9 runs respectivly on Saturday in game one. The Hawks late seventh inning rally left them just short with a 9-8 loss after scoring 3 in the last frame. Tech left 8 runners on base and belted 2 home runs in the game one by sophomore Alex Babusci and another by freshmen Sam Pung.
"Pitching is the name of the game," said first year Head Coach Scott Marks. "We just could not get the ball down in the zone and our guys out of the bullpen just did not make pitches today."
In game two of the day the Hawks responded with a hit parade including 9 runs on 16 hits and took advantage of 5 fielding errors by the opposing Lakers. Multi hit performances by Ryan Fitzpatrick, Austin Boos, Jonathan Celestino, Kevin Glennon and Jack Kosar alway help the cause. The Hawks did leave 11 runners on base as well.
From the mound the game was pieced together with care as starter Andrew Gustafson threw the first two innings as scheduled where he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) and walked 2 while fanning 3. On to John Rotella for 5.2 innings with 4 k's to just 1 free pass. Leading way to freshmen Conner Wiebell with one out in the eighth for the 4 out win, his second in just as many days.