The No. 1-seeded Indiana Tech baseball team won its 11th straight game Friday afternoon as they defeated No. 4-seeded Concordia (Mich.), 8-3, in the title game of Pod No. 1 of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Tournament, to advance to the WHAC Championship Series.
Tech got on the scoreboard just five batters into the game as Ryan Meisenheimer drove in Matt Bandor on an RBI groundout in the top of the first while Bobby Bennett made it a 2-0 game in the fourth with a solo home run, his 12th of the season. Dante Biagini doubled the Warrior lead in the sixth with a two-run blast while Glen McClain legged out a triple to center to make it a 5-0 game.
Jason Sterrett cruised through the first six innings of the game, and helped out by three double plays, one of which included a spectacular catch and throw from Biagini, had recorded just 54 pitches heading into the seventh inning. The Cardinals finally broke through the Warrior starter in the seventh with a three-run frame, but a bases-loaded walk to Bennett and a pinch-hit two-run RBI single from Kelvin Flores extended Tech’s lead to 8-3 in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Jared Harvey came on in relief in the eighth and allowed just three base runners in the final two innings to close the door on the Cardinals and give the Orange and Black the pod title. Sterrett moved to 8-2 on the season and struck out six batters in his outing. Bandor, McClain, Meisenheimer and Biagini each recorded two hits apiece in the win.
Tech (41-17) now awaits the winner of Pod No. 2 between the University of Northwestern Ohio and Madonna, with the championship and if-necessary games schedule for 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. from St. Rita’s Sports Complex in Lima, Ohio. The Warriors will host the WHAC Championship Series Monday and Tuesday from Warrior Field, with game one slated for a 6 p.m. start Monday, while game two is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday and the if-necessary game to follow.