FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech baseball team used a three-run sixth to earn a come-from-behind victory in the final game of the four-game series to earn a split with the Crusaders of Madonna on Saturday at Warriors Stadium. The Warriors dropped game one, 2-1, before taking the second, 6-4.
GAME ONE | IT 1, MU 2
The first game of the afternoon played out much like the first game of the series as a pitching duel between Madonna’s right-hander, Evan Piechota (4-3), and Tech’s freshman righty, Jared Harvey (1-3), took center stage.
The Crusaders (22-20, 9-12) scored in the first inning for the second time, but it was unearned as the Warriors committed their seventh error of the series, allowing Shane Dokey to score from second. Brian Hakes cut down a runner attempting to steal second to end the inning.
Neither team did much again until the fourth when the Tech defense committed two more errors, leading to the Crusaders second run of the game.
The Orange and Black’s only run of the contest came much the same way it did in game one on Friday, as Hakes doubled down the left field line and his courtesy runner, Tyler Denniston, eventually scored on a wild pitch two batters later, making it 2-1.
Tech had its best chance to tie the score in the eighth when a fielding error allowed Bryan Brudi to reach and Justin Kalusa advanced to third, however, the senior centerfielder was thrown out trying to score on the play.
Harvey scattered six hits over eight innings, allowing two unearned runs while striking out five. TJ Lutz finished the game with a scoreless ninth. On the other side, Piechota allowed six hits in his nine innings, allowing one run while striking out eight, finishing with 147 pitches.
Brudi and Hakes each tallied two hits to lead the Warriors.
GAME TWO | IT 6, MU 4
The final game of the series took a pair of comebacks for the Warriors in order to earn the victory.
Brian Gremaux got the start for Tech and he breezed through the first two innings, but wasn’t able to escape a one-out, bases loaded jam as a fielder’s choice, a single and a failed pickoff plated three runs for the visitors.
The freshman right-hander bounced back with a scoreless fourth and the offense went to work. Wes Darrow started the inning with a single and moved to third on a Kalusa double and a walk to Brudi loaded the bases. Romer Portes followed with a bases clearing double and should have been a triple, but was called out at third, despite beating the throw. It did tie the score though at three.
The Warriors had a chance to break the game open one inning later, but stranded the bases loaded and the Crusaders took advantage. Madonna used a one-out error and a pair of hits to plate the go-ahead run and end Gremaux’s day. Curtis Wise was called in from the bullpen and stranded two runners with a strike out and an infield fly out.
In the bottom of the frame, Tech was able to win the game, scoring three runs on four hits. Portes doubled to right center to lead off the inning, advancing to third on a fly out and scoring on a single from Hakes. Another single and a walk loaded the bases again and Darrow delivered the game-winner with a two-run single through the right side for the 6-4 win.
Wise vultured his sixth win of the season from Gremaux, as he tossed 1 2/3 innings of perfect baseball. Gremaux allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over 5 1/3 innings for the no decision.
Portes led the offense with a 2-for-3 game, scoring once and driving in three while Darrow added two hits and also scored once, driving in two.
The Warriors will play a non-conference contest on Tuesday, Apr. 22 as they host Trine for a single, nine-inning contest. First-pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m