Senior Dan Schneider had four hits, three RBI, and three runs against Illinois Tech on Saturday
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
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
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