Denniston Hits For Tech

dennistonFort Wayne, Ind. – The Indiana Tech baseball team saw its six game winning streak come to an end at the hands of a red-hot Davenport University squad. The WHAC’s top scoring team was held scoreless in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, falling to the Panthers 6-0 and 3-0.

The Warriors, who lead the conference averaging 6.8 runs per game, dropped to 28-13 overall following the setbacks and 17-7 in the WHAC. Meanwhile, the Panthers extended their winning to ten, bumping their season record to 33-12 with a 16-6 mark in league play.

After a harmless first inning, Davenport took advantage of three Tech errors in the second to push across four runs. The Panthers added to their lead in the fifth with a two-out two RBI double to make it 6-0.

The Warriors got something going in the sixth following a leadoff double by Eric Wald (Plano, TX/Brookhaven). The next batters were retired before Ben Christian (Lubbock, TX/Wayland Baptist) ripped a single into left, but Wald was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Tech would only manage one hit the rest of the way en route to the loss.

Indiana Tech was limited to just four hits in the contest with Wald collecting two of them. Josh Miller (Delphos, OH/Jefferson) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up six runs, three earned, through 4.2 innings. Curtis Wise (Ft. Wayne, IN/Glen Oaks) was terrific in relief tossing 4.1 shutout innings.

The Warriors threatened early in game two getting back-to-back two-out singles by Brian Hakes (Decatur, IN/Bellmont) and Tyler Denniston (Wabash, IN/Southwood) in the second inning, but a terrific defensive play on a ball hit by Alex McKinstry (Ft. Wayne, IN/UNOH) got Davenport out of the jam.

Tech starter Daniel Puckett (Anderson, IN/Anderson) cruised through the first three innings, not allowing a single hit. However, the Panthers broke through in the fourth with a two-run homerun to jump on top.

Trailing 3-0 in the seventh, Denniston got a rally started for the Warriors leading off the frame with a base hit. A two-out single by Ken Jarrett (Mason, OH/Mason) kept Tech alive and brought the tying run to the plate, but the next batter would pop out to end the game.

Hakes and Denniston combined for four of the five Tech hits. Puckett pitched well in the loss, surrendering two earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. Kyle Nolen (Waterford, MI/Kellogg) threw 1.2 innings of shutout relief with three strikeouts.

The Warriors wrap up the regular season tomorrow with another doubleheader against Davenport beginning at 1 p.m.

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