Tech Wins Two On Opening Day Of WHAC Tourney

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The third-seeded Indiana Tech baseball team opened the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament in a big way with a 15-1 defeat of sixth-seeded Concordia. The Warriors advance to face second-seeded Northwestern Ohio at 4 p.m.

Tech’s offense showed up early and often, scoring 15 runs on 14 hits while junior right-handers Clay Wallace and Marc Brandenburg combined to limit the Cardinals to just one run on five hits.

Brian Hakes got the scoring started in the first inning with a two-out, two-run single to right center, plating Romer Portes and Brain Brudi for a 2-0 lead.

The top of the order was at it again in the third as Justin Kalusa singled and after an error put Brudi on, Portes singled to play Kalusa and Jacob Dunnichay followed with a triple into the right field corner, pushing the lead to five. Hakes singled again to score Dunnichay for a 6-0 lead after three.

A walk and a single in the fourth put two on with one out for Dunnichay who doubled to right center to score Kalusa and make it 7-0 Warriors. Kalusa, Brudi and Portes each added RBIs in the fifth, with the later adding two for a 12-0 advantage and an error allowed Hakes to reach with two outs, scoring the 13th run.

After tallying just two hits and four base runners through four innings, Concordia loaded the bases with just one hit and a sacrifice fly scored the Cardinals lone run.
Hakes reached via an error in the seventh to plate Portes again and RBIs from Geronimo Berroa, Jr. and Kalusa accounted for the Warriors 15-1 victory.

Wallace (6-5) got the win as he allowed just one run on three hits over five innings, striking out six and walking one. Marc Brandenburg got his first save as he pitched four two-hit innings of relief.

Portes paced the Warriors offense as he reached base in five of his six plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Kalusa and Brudi each scored three times while Dunnichay and Hakes each added three RBIs.

In their evening game Indiana Tech beat Northwestern Ohio 3-0 behind 6.1 innings of scorless baseball from Chase Keathley. Bryan Brudi went 2-of-4 with a double and two RBI.

Tech will now play Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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