ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Illinois Tech baseball team played a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) doubleheader at Rockford University on Saturday. After struggling to get the bats awaken, the Scarlet Hawks (7-11, 3-3 NACC) rallied to earn a split with the Regents (5-12, 1-5 NACC).
Game One: Runs-Hits-Errors
- Tech: 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors
- Rockford: 10 runs, 14 hits, 3 errors
Game One: How it Happened
- The offense took a while to get going as the Scarlet Hawks trailed 8-0 heading into the seventh inning.
- Rockford came out swinging to the tune of 12 hits and nine runs in seven innings off Tech starter Roberto Carselle.
- Jacob Sorenson got the Hawks on the board for the only runs of the afternoon with a two-RBI single. The third one crossed the plate on a throwing error.
- Joseph Hindy was called upon to close out the game, pitching one inning and allowing just one run.
Game One: Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Sorenson was the lone batter to knock in any runs, going 1-for-4 with two RBI.
- Nick Bledsoe was able to take advantage of the throwing error to score to close out the seventh inning.
Game Two: Runs-Hits-Errors (8 innings)
- Tech: 9 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors
- Rockford 3 runs, 7 hits, 4 errors
Game Two: How it Happened
- The Scarlet Hawks got on the board early, as Claudio LoBraico was able to drive home Orlando Cardenas-Juan with an RBI double in the first inning.
- Ted Howell extended the Tech lead with a solo blast to left center in the fourth inning.
- The six inning saw the bats come to life for both teams, as Howell drove in another run followed before Cardenas-Juan, Zachary Dickey, and Sorenson all got in on the action with RBI to push the lead to 7-0. Rockford responded in in the home half of the inning by plating three runs to cut the deficit to four.
- In the top of the eighth inning, the Scarlet Hawks put the game out of reach as LoBraico knocked in Brandon Holifield and allowed David Navarro to score on a throwing error on a steal of second base.
- The Scarlet Hawk defense turned in a gem with zero errors and a complete game from starter Ryan Cantlin.
Game Two: Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Cantlin went the distance for a second straight start, throwing all nine innings and surrendering only three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts.
- Howell filled up the stat sheet offensively with three hits (one Home Run), two RBI, and two Runs.
- LoBracio and Sorenson both contributed two RBI
- Tech will host top-ranked Concordia University Chicago in a conference doubleheader tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. Live audio, video, and stats will be available. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Media School.