In game 1, Michael Malfeo (JR/Orland Park, IL) did his best to will Illinois Institute of Technology to a win with a two-hit game, but Illinois Institute of Technology dropped the contest 12-2 on Monday.
Donovan Rigel got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over six innings. Donovan struck out four, walked three and gave up seven hits.
Andrew Gustafson (JR/Niles, IL) ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings, walked none, and struck out four.
Purdue University-North Central increased its lead with five runs in the fifth.
Illinois Institute of Technology scored one run in the bottom of the fifth to cut its deficit to five. An RBI single by Austin Boos (SO/Indianapolis, IN) triggered Illinois Institute of Technology's comeback. Brian Colon-Rodriguez (SO/Carolina, PR) flew out to end the Illinois Institute of Technology threat.
Purdue University-North Central brought home three runs in the sixth inning, and matched that run total in the seventh on relief pitcher Conner Wiebell (SO/Cincinnati, OH).
After pushing across one run in the bottom of the sixth, Illinois Institute of Technology faced just a 9-2 deficit. A single by Alex Babusci (JR/Park Ridge, IL) fueled Illinois Institute of Technology's comeback. But, Donovan got Boos to end the inning.
Game 2, Illinois Institute of Technology and Purdue University-North Central played to an 8-8 tie.
Sam Pung (SO/Ludington, MI) was solid at the plate for Illinois Institute of Technology. Sam went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the first inning and homered in the third inning.
In the top of the first, Purdue University-North Central grabbed the early lead, 1-0. It didn't take long for IIT to answer as it scored two runs of its own in the first. On a sacrifice fly by Michael Malfeo and an RBI single by Adam Samad (FR/Alsip, IL) and scored four runs of its own in the second on a three-run home run by Ryan Fitzpatrick (JR/Chicago, IL) and a solo home run by Malfeo.
Purdue University-North Central matched its one-run third inning with one more in the fourth.
Tech quickly matched Purdue University-North Central's strong inning with a one-run inning of its own in the third. Illinois Institute of Technology scored on a solo home run by Pung.
The back and forth battle really got going in the fifth where PNC took the lead 8-7 on four runs off four hits with one Hawks costly error. But in the dark shadows of the incoming storm your Hawks opened the inning with three straight singles from Samad, Pung, and then Darwin Argumedo (JR/Cartagena, Colombia)'s RBI single to tie it up yet again. Three straight strikeouts ended the inning as the rain moved in to ended the game for good.