May 7, 2014

Illinois Tech Wins Southside Classic 19-7

Chicago, IL - Illinois Institute of Technology baseball shut the door early on Maranatha Baptist University, capturing a 19-7 victory on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at US Cellular Field home of the MLB Chicago White Sox.

The game looked to be decided quickly as Tech exerted its will early with 13 runs in the first three innings.

An RBI triple by Ryan Fitzpatrick (JR/Chicago, IL), a sacrifice fly by Michael Malfeo(JR/Orland Park, IL), a solo home run by Adam Samad (FR/Alsip, IL), an RBI single by James Tarala (FR/Crown Point, IN), a wild pitch, and a two-run single by Austin Boos (SO/Indianapolis, IN) in the first inning then an error, RBI double by Alex Babusci (JR/Park Ridge, IL), a fielder's choice, and a fielder's choice during the second inning supplied the early offense for the Hawks.

Ryan Fitzpatrick reached base four times in the game for IIT. He scored three runs and had one RBI.

Andrew Gustafson (JR/Niles, IL) recorded the win for Illinois Institute of Technology. He tossed one inning of shutout ball. "Gus" struck out none, walked three and gave up no hits.

Illinois Institute of Technology pounded Maranatha Baptist Bible College pitching, as the offence combined for 26 hits, 18 RBIs and 19 total runs scored by the home team.

Adam Courtney took the loss for Maranatha Baptist Bible College. He allowed 11 runs in two innings, walked none and struck out none.

Illinois Tech after the third inning only scored in one other inning. As in the fifth inning they crossed home plate six more times. Scoring on an RBI single by Darwin Argumedo (JR/Cartagena, Colombia), a groundout by James Tarala, an RBI single by Austin Boos, an RBI single by Brian Colon-Rodriguez (SO/Carolina, PR), an RBI single by Sam Pung (SO/Ludington, MI), and an error.

This annual event has started to pick up steam, as it was host to the 3rd Southside Classic. Hawks fans came out in car loads as the estimated attendance was over 428. Please be on the lookout for the release of next year's 4th Annual Southside Classic event date at www.illinoistechathletics.com. Hope to see all of you there.

It was a great year for the Illinois Tech baseball team in 2014 the Scarlet Hawks posted the first winning season for the program since 2009. As a team the Hawks also finished with a .313 batting average, scored 188 runs, had 308 total hits and of those 47 were doubles, 14 triples and 10 team home runs. The offense did a very good job this year ending with a .420 slugging percentage, an on base percentage of .390 and 30-37 success stealing bases. On the pitching side 12 of the teams 17 players took the mound for at least part of an inning. The staff also made great improvements with a 4.97 team earned run average (ERA), 10 complete games, 2 complete game shutouts, 235.1 innings pitched, striking out 177 while walking only 131 batters. The 18-14-1 record in 2014 was an increase of 6 games from the 2013 season (12-26). Head Coach Scott Marks inherited a program that was 5-32 in 2012.