STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Illinois Tech baseball team played the first of two weekend WIAC doubleheaders on Saturday at UW-Stevens Point, the 25th-ranked team in the nation according to the latest d3baseball.com poll. Tech dropped its first and only two true road contests of the conference schedule 11-2 and 5-2.
Runs-Hits-Errors: Game 1
- Tech: 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error
- UWSP: 11 runs, 14 hits, 0 errors
How it Happened: Game 1
- The Pointers jumped out ahead with steady offense, scoring five runs over the first five innings of the game. UWSP used the home run to jolt its scoring, with three of the five runs coming courtesy of dingers.
- Illinois Tech's lone runs of the contest came in the top of the sixth inning, as center fielder Jacob Sorenson doubled down the left field line to bring home both designated hitter Michael Courtney and catcher David Navarro.
- However, more bombs off the bat of the Pointers were the story. The hosts homered twice more the rest of the way, which combined for five of the team's next six runs. Both starter James Tarala and reliever Joseph Hindy were unable to stop the potent hitting of UWSP.
Runs-Hits-Errors: Game 2
- Tech: 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error
- UWSP: 5 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors
How it Happened: Game 2
- Tech starter Ryan Cantlin was able to slow the Pointers offense. He retired the first six batters of the contest before allowing two hits and a sacrifice fly in the third inning to give the Pointers a 1-0 lead.
- Second baseman Nick Bledsoe tied the score in the fifth inning, hitting his first collegiate home run.
- However, the Pointers answered right back with four hits in the bottom of the fifth. The hosts notched three runs to take a 4-1 lead.
- After another UWSP home run in the bottom of the seventh, left fielder Nick Worden answered in the top of the eighth. He too hit his first collegiate home run to round out the game's scoring.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Sorenson was 1-for-3 with the two RBI double in game one with a walk.
- Bledsoe and Worden were both 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI in game two.
- Cantlin went all eight innings in game two, taking the loss while allowing nine hits, one walk, and striking out four.
- The Scarlet Hawks are right back at it on Sunday with another 12:00 p.m. doubleheader at Stevens Point.