The Indiana Tech baseball team swept a doubleheader against Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday and posted a shutout win against #RV Indiana University-Southeast on Sunday to run its winning streak to six games.
After dropping the first four games of the season, three against the NAIA’s top-ranked team, the Warriors now are 6-4 overall.
In the first game Saturday, the Warriors scored two runs in the second and two more in the third to build an early 4-0 lead. That would be all senior pitcher Daniel Puckett needed, going the distance allowing no runs while scattering four hits and fanning five.
Justin Kalusa was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Eric Wald finished 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs.
In the nightcap, Tech led 8-2 through five innings, but Indiana Wesleyan got six runs in the sixth to tie the score. After a scoreless seventh, the game would head into extra innings.
The Wildcats pulled ahead 11-8 in the eighth inning, but the Warriors answered with three runs in the bottom half of the frame to pull even. Zach Sailors (Wabash, IN/Purdue) tossed a scoreless ninth while the Tech offense came through in the bottom of the inning with a clutch two-out single to drive in the winning run.
Kalusa continued his hot day at the plate with three more hits, including a triple. Ben Christia, Ray Calloway and Wald also had multi-hit games.
Christian got the Warriors going early again Sunday against the Grenadiers of Indiana-Southeast with a solo homer in the top of the first. Tech added another run in the second on a sac fly by Ignatius Mackenzie.
The Warriors pushed three more runs across in the fourth, highlighted by Christian’s second big fly of the day, this time a two-run shot.
Meanwhile, Josh Miller was spectacular on the mound for the Warriors throwing a complete game shutout allowing just six hits while striking out five.
Tech would add a run in the sixth to go up 6-0.
Christian finished 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs.
Churubusco native Bryan Brudi and Kalusa added two hits apiece as well.
Next, the Warriors will make their annual spring trip to Florida starting with a game at Warner University today. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.