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Baseball Drops Two to #3 UW-Whitewater

Peter Upham and the Scarlet Hawks dropped two on Tuesday (photo credit: Stephen Bates, WCS Photography).
Peter Upham and the Scarlet Hawks dropped two on Tuesday (photo credit: Stephen Bates, WCS Photography).

CHICAGO, Ill. - For the second time this season, the Illinois Tech baseball team (9-14, 1-7) hosted WIAC opponent UW-Whitewater (17-3, 9-1) for a two-game weekday set at Chicago State University. Coming into the contest ranked third in the nation, the Warhawks defeated Tech 7-0 and 7-1. 

Runs-Hits-Errors: Game 1

  • UWW: 7 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
  • Tech 0 runs, 5 hits, 3 errors

How it Happened: Game 1

  • The Scarlet Hawks and Warhawks played even baseball through the first two innings until a balk from Tech starter James Tarala broke the 0-0 tie in the top of the third.
  • Both Tarala and Warhawk started Austin Jones dominated the middle innings, combining to allow just three hits in the fourth, fifth, and sixth frames.
  • In the seventh, UW-Whitewater began to figure out Tarala. A couple of doubles chased him from the contest and put the Warhawks ahead 4-0.
  • The hitting for the visitors continues in the top of the eighth, putting pressure on the Tech defense to score three more times.

Runs-Hits-Errors: Game 2

  • UWW: 7 runs, 10 hits, 1 error
  • Tech: 1 run, 9 hits, 6 errors

How it Happened: Game 2

  • Once again, the starting pitching was strong to start the contest for both teams. Michael Kaska for the Warhawks and John Zalewski for the Scarlet Hawks kept things scoreless through the first three frames.
  • Two walks, two singles, and a stolen base led to a three-spot for the Warhawks in the fourth before Tech responded with a run of its own. After a Zachary Dickey double and DJ Rybski single, Tech scored via a passed ball to bring the score to 3-1.
  • Whitewater pounded out five hits over the next two innings to scoot four more runs across, bringing the score to 7-1. 
  • Ian Duke entered the ballgame for Tech in the sixth and pitched phenomally, shutting down one of the best offenses in the nation. He gave up one unearned run over the four frames while walking no one.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Duke was strong in releif in game two with four innings pitches, four hits, and two strikeouts.
  • Centerfielder Jacob Sorenson was 3-for-4 with a walk in the second game.
  • Tarala was great in game one despite taking the loss, allowing seven hits over 6.2 innings while allowing four earned runs (three in the last inning).

Up Next

  • Tech plays against UW-Stout for two doubleheaders this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). Stay tuned to for any schedule changes.