The Indiana Tech Warriors baseball team traveled to Athens, Tenn., this past weekend taking on the #14 ranked Tennessee Wesleyan College Bulldogs. TWC came into the series with an overall record of 4-3.
"Tennessee Wesleyan is known as one of the better offensive clubs in the country, and this weekend was a good experience for our young pitching staff to face." Tennessee Wesleyan proved that they were an excellent hitting team batting .360 for the weekend and smashing 7 homeruns. "Even though, we made many mistakes defensively and handing out to many free passes on the mound, we still had a chance to make runs and get back into the games."
In Game 1, TWC took a 1-0 lead after the first with a solo homerun of Junior starting pitcher Eric Sherrill. The Warriors would eventually score their first run of the year in the top of the 4th. Rallying to get back into the game, the Warriors had bases loaded in the Top of the 7th finding themselves down 8-5. However, the Warriors couldn't come through which placed their first loss of the season. The Warriors used 4 pitchers in the game. Sherrill received his first loss of the year. Leading the way offensively for the Warriors was Senior Outfielder Keegan McCamment going 2-4, and Senior Outfielder Freddie Austin added a home-run.
In Game 2, the Warriors faced Josh Swartout who finished the complete game shutout with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks. "You have to tip your hat to a performance like that on the hill for TWC. This is why we face these teams early in the season so we can face their best pitchers which will make our hitters and team better overall". The Warriors could only collect two hits during the game and stranded many runners. Freshman Ethan Tribolet recorded his first loss of the season. Sophomore pitcher Corey Schwartz pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
Game 3 started very slowly for the Warriors as the defense committed 5 errors in the first 3 innings. Being down 10-2 after the third, the Warriors clawed back to make the game interesting, losing with the final score of 10-5. "We dug a hole that hurt us from the beginning...Keeping them scoreless from the 3rd inning was crucial for us to attempt to get back into the game." The Warriors gave up 3 earned runs for the entire game. Freshman starting pitcher Tyler Snoke recorded his first loss of the season as. Junior Shortstop Chad Geier went 2-4 with 2 doubles, RBI, stolen base, and a run scored. Senior Keegan McCamment was 3-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Game 4 was an offensive battle as the Warriors wound up with their first victory of the season winning 11-7. The Warriors opened up the game scoring 3 runs in the first inning. However, Tennessee Wesleyan struck back with 3 of their own in the bottom frame. Relief pitchers Junior Israel Martinez, and Sophomore Todd Phillips held TWC to 1 run in the final 4 frames to clinch the victory for the Warriors. The Warriors offense collected 11 hits. Senior Will Richards collected 3 of the 11 hits with 2 home-runs and a single. Will finished the day with 4 RBI's, 3 runs scored going 3 for 4. Keegan McCamment stayed hot going 2-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored. Junior Lance Hanmer added two hits, a triple and a single going 2 for 3.
All in all, the Warriors came away 1-3 but are very eager to get back to work and improve on the mistakes from this past weekend. "We were still in the three games that we lost after committing 23 walks, 10 errors, and giving up 7 home-runs in a 4 game set. We have much to work on before heading to Kentucky for the Cancer Awareness Classic." The Warriors will be playing Friday, February 20th at Campbellsville University. First game is scheduled for 10:00am VS. Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The second game will be played directly after against Campbellsville University. On Saturday, the Warriors will play Mount Vernon Nazarene once again at 12:30pm at Lindsey Wilson College. Game 2 will be against host school Lindsey Wilson directly after.