Illinois Tech takes two from Vikings

Illinois Tech takes two from Vikings

APPLETON, Wis. -- Illinois Tech won a pitcher's duel in game one Saturday and jumped to a big early lead in the nightcap to sweep a nonconference doubleheader from Lawrence University.

Illinois Tech took the opener 3-1 and posted a 10-4 victory in the second game at Whiting Field.

In the first game, James Tarala limited Lawrence to one run over 5.2 innings, and Dylan Corsi pitched the final 1.1 innings to pick up the save. Kyle Duex took the loss despite allowing only five hits and two earned runs over seven innings for the Vikings. Duex struck out seven and walked two.

Reno Zemrak went 2-for-3 and drove in a run for Lawrence (4-17-1), which out-hit the Scarlet Hawks 7-5.

Illinois Tech (10-18) got an uneared run in the first and picked up single runs in the sixth and seventh. Lawrence trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the sixth when Nolan Spencer was hit by a pitch and later came in to score on Zemrak's fielder's choice ground ball.

The Vikings had the winning run at the plate in the seventh after Ethan Jones singled and Spencer walked with two outs. Corsi struck out Rudy Mueller-Schrader to end the game.

In the nightcap, the Scarlet Hawks piled up 15 hits as they scored the first nine runs of the game. Zachary Dickey went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs for Illinois Tech.

Lawrence tried to get back in the game as the Vikings scored one in the fourth, two more in the fifth and another in the sixth on Matt Holliday's solo homer.

Lawrence was limited to just two hits in the nightcap against four Illinois Tech pitchers. Matt Witkowski allowed one hit over four innings to get the win. Brad Olson pitched the first two innings and took the loss.