UTICA, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University baseball team fell to No. 19 Indiana Tech on Saturday, dropping the game one 12-5 and falling in game two 6-1 at Jimmy John's Field in Utica, Mich.
Lawrence Tech (16-9, 0-2) opened the day with a three-run bomb from Sean Fannon(JR/Grosse Pointe, Mich.) to take the early 3-0 lead after the first inning. Sam Brace(JR/Metamora, Ill.) got the start on the mound for the Blue Devils, breezing through the first inning before allowing the Warriors first run of the day in the top of the second. Indiana Tech added two more in the third to tie the game a 3-3. Jackson Walkowiak (SO/Grosse Pointe, MI) gave Lawrence Tech the lead at 4-3 with an RBI single to left center to score Tyler Childs (JR/Burt, Mich.).
Indiana Tech (15-7, 2-0) put up five runs in the top of the fifth inning as Ben Schmidt(FR/Northville, Mich.) relieved Brace with a runner on second and no outs. Schmidt got the next hitter to sacrifice bunt, but a single plated the third run of the inning. An RBI single up the middle scored a pair runs, but Schmidt struck out Olden to end the inning down 8-4.
Brian Corbett (JR/Miamisburg, Ohio) put Lawrence Tech down just 8-5 with an RBI single to left field, but Indiana Tech was able to close the game with three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to secure the 12-5 win to open the conference season.
In game two, the Blue Devils pitched Jay Gallant (FR/Saginaw, Mich.), giving up an early run in the first, but he settled into the game as it went. He gave up a homerun in the third, but cruised through the second in order. The Blue Devils had a chance to give him some run support in the third, but after putting the first two batters on base, the Warriors shut down the side with a ground out, strikeout, and fly out.
Gallant went 1-2-3 in the fourth, but trouble found Lawrence Tech in the fifth as they gave up four runs – three unearned – to trail 6-0 heading into the bottom of the inning. Lawrence Tech got the leadoff hitter on, but a base running error, a strikeout, and a ground out ended any chance to cut into the lead in the fifth.
Hayes Sturtsman pitched a gem for Indiana Tech, going 7.1 innings allowing three hits with eight strikeouts Bloir closed the game for the Warriors, giving up the lone Lawrence Tech run in the bottom of the ninth on a Logan Barker (SO/Chatham, VA) RBI single.
Lawrence Tech is back on the diamond Sunday, March 24 when they travel to Mercy Field to take on Lourdes (Ohio) University in a doubleheader in Sylvania, Ohio.