FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The third-seeded Indiana Tech baseball team couldn’t solve Jordan Anderson in a 5-2 loss to top seed Davenport on the second day of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday at Warriors Stadium.
In a “battle of the unbeatens,” it was the Panthers who got their 40th win of the season as some miscues on the base paths hindered a Warriors rally.
Tech freshman right-hander, Brian Gremaux (3-3) and Panthers fifth-year senior left-hander, Jordan Anderson (5-0) were locked in a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings with neither team reaching base until a Derek Morgan leadoff single in the third. Davenport’s first hit came in the fourth, but neither team threatened until the Panthers came to bat in the bottom of the sixth.
Gremaux looked to be on his way to his fifth 1-2-3 inning, but Cody Greear took a high fastball and deposited it over the left field fence to break up the scoreless tie and swing the momentum to the Davenport dugout. An error and a walk put two on for EJ Grochowalski who singled to left to make it 2-0 DU.
Tech threatened for the first time in the seventh as they put two on with one out, but Ryan Butzer came in and induced a double play to end the inning. In the bottom half, a one-out double extended the lead to three, 3-0.
A pair of walks to begin the eighth chased Butzer and Bryan Brudi greeted the new pitcher with an RBI single to right center. He promptly stole second, but was picked off following a strikeout, leading just one on with two outs. Brian Hakes singled following a hit-by-pitch and an error loaded the bases, but Dunnichay was caught in a rundown, ending the inning.
The Panthers plated two more on three hits in the eighth to account for the 5-3 score.
Gremaux was the tough-luck loser as he scattered five hits over seven innings, allowing four runs while walking two and striking out three. His counterpart, Anderson, allowed just one hit over 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball, walking three and striking out a pair.
The Warriors will now face the winner of the Aquinas/Madonna contest at 3 p.m. tomorrow, with the winner facing Davenport at 6 p.m. in the WHAC title game.