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Tech Falls to Keene St. in Final Game of Florida Trip

Tech dropped the final game of the Florida trip to Keene St. to go 5-3 overall (Photo Credit: Stephen Bates, WCS Photography)
Tech dropped the final game of the Florida trip to Keene St. to go 5-3 overall (Photo Credit: Stephen Bates, WCS Photography)

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Wrapping up a week-long road trip to begin the season in Florida, the Illinois Tech baseball team dropped the final game on Saturday to Keene State, losing 14-6.


  • Keene State: 14 runs, 16 hits, 7 errors

  • Tech: 6 runs, 10 hits, 6 errors

How It Happened

  • After two scoreless innings by Tech starter Ian Duke, Keene St. began the scoring in the bottom of the third. The Owls' Nate Rossi hit a two-run single in the bottom of the third followed by an unearned run on a sacrifice fly, giving Keene St. the early 3-0 lead.

  • The Owls erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth, blowing the game open.  David Sevigny started the big inning for the Owls with a two-run home run off of Duke, followed by three consecutive run-scoring singles by the home team.  A couple of errors by the Scarlet Hawks yielded three more runs and Tech trailed 11-0.

  • In the sixth, Tech finally got on the scoreboard after shortstop Orlando Cardenas-Juan singled to begin the frame and catcher Zachary Dickey walked. Then first baseman Ted Howell reached on an error and Cardenas-Juan was able to score from second base.  Second baseman DJ Rybski and right fielder Peter Upham followed up with an RBI singles and the Hawks tacked on another unearned run to close the gap slightly 11-4.

  • Keene St. got one run back in the bottom of the sixth after a run scored from an errant throw by the Tech shortstop.  The score was 12-4.

  • Both teams added one run each in the seventh.  Tech earned its fifth run on a groundout RBI by Cardenas-Juan in the top of the inning and the Owls scored on an sacrifice fly by Connor Longley.

  • The game drew to a close with one more unearned run apiece. Keene St. scored in the bottom of the eighth and Tech center fielder Michael Courtney tallied the last run for the Scarlet Hawks, resulting in a 14-6 victory for the Owls.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Upham finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI

  • Rybski went 1-for-4 with a run and RBI

  • Courtney also contributed two hits in five at-bats with a run scored and a stolen base

Up Next

  • Tech will begin the home schedule next week at Ed Glancy Field on Saturday, March 24 against conference opponent MSOE in a double-header beginning at noon. Live stats, video and audio will be available.  The live video and audio will be provided by the Illinois Media School.