The No. 23-ranked Indiana Techbaseball team defeated Madonna University, 8-3, in game two of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Championship Series to win the WHAC Tournament for the first time since 2013 at Warrior Field.
It’s the eighth conference tournament title for the Warriors and the fifth time they’ve won the tournament under head coach KipMcWilliams. It’s the third time in program history that Tech has swept both the regular season and conference tournament titles, with the other two coming in 1999 and 2007.
The Warriors took the first lead of the game in the top of the first as Glen McClain drove in Reese Olden following a nine-pitchat-bat on a single. The Crusaders came right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame though, using two hits and two walks to score three runs. A 43 line-drive double play and a strike from Alex Vydick to catch a Madonna runner trying tosteal second ended the frame and kept the damage to just three runs.
Tech battled back with single runs over the next three innings, with a Jake Ritson sacrifice fly tying the game as Branson Dossenscoring on a popup caught in left field by the shortstop while Jake DeFries drove in Olden with a single up the middle in the fourth to give the Orange and Black a 4-3 lead. A bases-loaded walk to Vydick and a double from Javier Castaneda with two outs pushedacross three more runs to make it a 7-3 lead.
The four runs would be more than enough for Tanner Perkins, who came on in relief in the first with two outs and pitched the restof the game, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out five batters to improve to 5-0 on the season. Olden finished the game 3-5 and scored three times, while McClain and Castaneda each drove in two runs.
Tech (39-14-1) will find out their destination and opponent for the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Thursday at 5p.m. EST. The 2019 field will be announced on the NAIA’sFacebook page. The OpeningRound will take place May 13-16 at one of nine sites.