CHICAGO – Marian University baseball (7-13, 3-7 NACC) was defeated 8-3 and 9-8 in 10 innings at Illinois Tech.
The Sabres struggled offensively and some crooked numbers allowed IIT to pull away in game one. The Scarlet Hawks scored a pair of runs in the first inning before sophomore Riley Palmquist hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to cut the deficit in half. IIT responded with a homer in the next half inning to rebuild a 4-1 lead. The ball continued to fly when senior Jonah Landowski launched a solo shot in the sixth to put the score at 4-2.
A big inning after the stretch saw IIT score four runs and build an 8-2 lead. Junior Brady Zackrison would drive in a run in the eighth to close out the scoring at 8-3.
Senior Josh Gates led the offense going 2-for-4 with Landowski scoring a pair of runs.
Marian was able to build an early lead in game two but a late rally from IIT saw the Scarlet Hawks secure a sweep. Another homer from Landowski opened the scoring in the third before IIT quickly tied the game at 1-1. The Marian offense was able to finally breakthrough in the fourth with three runs. Freshman James Bornick drove in a run before a squeeze saw sophomore Robbie Knorr bring a run home. Some trickery on the bases saw Palmquist stay in a rundown long enough for sophomore Albert Kiszka to score and put the Sabres ahead 4-1.
Zackrison kept the momentum going for the Sabres hitting a two-run homer to put Marian ahead 6-1, his first long ball as a Sabre. A wild pitch in the seventh allowed IIT to put the score at 6-2 but Marian would plate a pair of runs in the next half inning. An error saw Marian score their first run of the frame with Gates touching home before a sacrifice fly from Palmquist put the Sabres ahead 8-2.
IIT then started their rally in the eighth scoring one to trail by five runs. The Scarlet Hawks then strung together four hits to tie the game in the ninth at 8-8. A two-out base hit in the 10th inning then gave IIT the comeback win.
Graduate student Sean Meyer went 3-for-5 in the defeat, while sophomore Logan Lange went 7.0 innings in another strong start allowing just two hits with six punch outs.
Marian is scheduled to host Concordia Wisconsin Monday, April 18 at 1 p.m.