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2013-04-13 Griffin, Beckham cruise to wins over Illinois Tech; Davenport hits 7th homerun
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Senior Dan Schneider had four hits, three RBI, and three runs against Illinois Tech on Saturday

Griffin, Beckham cruise to wins over Illinois Tech; Davenport hits 7th homerun

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

CHICAGO, Ill. — Following a stretch of games in which the Tigers lost six of nine, they were anxious to begin a winning streak. The Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlet Hawks hosted the Tigers on Saturday, April 13, and the Tigers took advantage at the plate — putting together 27 hits and 20 runs, not to mention eight extra-base hits. In game one, Paul Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) threw a four-hit shutout en route to a 11-0 win. The bats got going early in game two as Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) recorded his sixth win of the year.

The Tigers (23-16, 12-8) started things off in game one in the top of the second, scoring two runs off three hits. They added a third in the third inning when Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) hit his seventh home run of the season. ONU made it 6-0 in the fourth with three separate RBI hits. The second was a triple by Dan Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) that scored Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.). The Tigers added three more in the sixth when Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.) singled, Davenport was hit-by-pitch, and Kevin Lasowski  (Schererville, Ind.) singled to bring home Perez. The Tigers final two runs came in the seventh off another Schneider RBI, and Joel Yates (Fairview Heights, Ill.) scored on a ground out.

Senior Paul Griffin (2-3) started his seventh game and threw his third complete game. He allowed only four hits, walked four and struck out seven.

The Hawks started Conner Wiebell (2-3), who went 4 2/3 innings allowing six runs — five earned — off 11 hits. John Rotella finished the game, going 2 1/3 innings allowing five runs — three earned — off seven hits.

For ONU, Fahy went 3-for-4 with one RBI and three runs. Dan Schneider went 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs and runs apiece. Adrian Perez had two hits and three RBIs. Aaron King went 2-for-2 with one run, and Jordan Hayes had two hits and a RBI.

For the Scarlet Hawks, Bill Cronin had two hits, and Malfeo and Boos each had a hit.

In game two, Steven Beckham (6-1) went eight innings, allowing three runs off nine hits, walking one and striking out five. Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) struck out two and gave up one hit in the ninth.

The Hawks’ Jack Kosar (1-6) went seven innings allowing eight runs — seven earned — off seven hits, striking out five. John Rotella pitched the final two innings, allowing one run off two hits.

ONU put four runs on the board in the first two innings, using two sacrifice flys by Matt Davenport and Dan Schneider. The scored remained 4-0 until the top of the sixth when the Tigers scored twice. However, in the bottom of the fifth, the Hawks threatened with the bases loaded and one out. Beckham was able to get out of trouble with a strikeout and a ground out. In the sixth, Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, lll.) doubled, scoring Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.). In the top of the eighth, the Tigers took a 9-0 lead after another RBI by Hayes and a two RBI double by Caleb Gulledge (Spring Arbor, Mich.). Beckham did give back three runs in the eighth, but it was not enough for IIT.

At the plate for the Tigers, Josh Altmann went 3-for-3 and scored three runs. Six other Tigers had hits, and Madison Foster scored two runs.

For IIT, Bill Cronin went 2-for-4, and Rotella had two hits. Kosar went 3-for-4, and Jonathan Celestino had three RBIs.

ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 17, starting at 2 p.m., with a doubleheader on the road against Trinity International University (Ill.).