A 12-run explosion in the third inning led Illinois Institute of Technology to a 12-6 win over Finlandia University in Chicago, IL on Friday.
Michael Malfeo (JR/Orland Park, IL) got a hit in each of his two at-bats. He singled in the first and third innings, then got a rest for the remainder of game one with a sore leg.
Elliot Chibe (FR/Palos Park, IL) got the win for Illinois Institute of Technology despite allowing six runs over seven innings. He struck out five, walked three and surrendered eight hits.
Josh Vasquez was charged with the loss. He allowed 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings, walked three and struck out none.
The top of the first saw Finlandia University take an early lead, 2-0 on four first inning hits.
But then in the home half of the third inning the Hawks put up 12 runs. Where Tech slammed 7 hits had batters also reach twice on errors and walked five times. See the inning breakdown below.
Illinois Tech 3rd - Babusci walked. Babusci stole second. Boos walked. Fitzpatrick singled; Boos advanced to second; Babusci advanced to third. Malfeo singled, RBI; Fitzpatrick advanced to second; Boos advanced to third; Babusci scored. Colon walked; Malfeo advanced to second; Fitzpatrick advanced to third; Boos scored. Samad reached on a fielder's choice; Colon advanced to second; Malfeo advanced to third; Fitzpatrick scored on an error by 3b, unearned. Cronin doubled, advanced to third, 3 RBI; Samad scored; Colon scored; Malfeo scored. Pung singled, RBI; Cronin scored. Argumedo flied out to cf; Pung advanced to second. Babusci singled. Boos singled; Babusci advanced to second; Pung advanced to third. Fitzpatrick walked; Boos advanced to second; Babusci advanced to third; Pung scored, unearned. Malfeo flied out to cf, SAC, RBI; Boos advanced to third; Babusci scored. Fitzpatrick advanced to second on a passed ball. Colon doubled, 2 RBI; Fitzpatrick scored; Boos scored. Colon advanced to third on a passed ball. Samad walked. Cronin reached on an error by 3b, RBI; Samad advanced to third; Colon scored. Pung grounded out to 3b. 12 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.
Game 2, A superb effort by Cory Winiecki (FR/Des Plaines, IL) spurred Illinois Institute of Technology to a 12-0 win over Finlandia University.
Illinois Institute of Technology got the win thanks in large part to Cory's dominant, 12-strikeout performance. Illinois Institute of Technology's pitcher tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed only six hits.
Six runs in the first three innings helped Illinois Tech blow out Finlandia University. A two-run double by Michael Malfeo, an RBI double by Brian Colon-Rodriguez (SO/Carolina, PR), a fielder's choice, and a two-run single by Austin Boos (SO/Indianapolis, IN) during the first inning fueled the early offense.
Malfeo racked up three RBIs on four hits for the night cap.
Gerard Taylor ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He allowed six runs in zero innings, walked two and struck out none.
Tech added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Boos kicked things off with a single, plating James Tarala (FR/Crown Point, IN).
IIT tacked on another two runs in the sixth. The inning got off to a hot start when Alex Babusci (JR/Park Ridge, IL) singled, bringing home Bill Cronin (JR/Orland Park, IL).