Grand Rapids, Mich. – A day after earning the win in Indiana Tech’s dramatic victory over Davenport University in the first round of the 2013 WHAC Tournament, Aaron Lewellyn (Danville, IL/Danville Area) was back on the mound leading the Warriors to a 3-1 win over No. 19 Madonna University on Thursday.
The senior right-hander turned in his best outing of the season, outdueling WHAC Pitcher of the Year Jeremy Gooding, going all nine innings and allowing just one run to knock off the top-seeded Crusaders and send Tech into tomorrow’s tournament championship game.
In a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth, the Warriors took advantage of a Madonna error a plate the game’s first run. Justin Kalusa (Elgin, IL/Elgin) stole third base, an errant throw by the catcher allowed Kalusa to scamper home. Tech added to their lead in the sixth when Eric Wald (Plano, TX/Brookhaven) came through with a clutch two-out single to drive in Ben Christian (Lubbock, TX/Wayland Baptist).
Madonna (34-8) cut into the deficit with a run in the eighth, but the Warriors capitalized on another defensive lapse by the Crusaders to plate a huge insurance run in the home half of the inning to go up 3-1.
The Crusaders threatened in the ninth getting their first two batters aboard, but Lewellyn slammed the door shut after that, inducing three straight fly outs to close the game.
Kalusa finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate while Christian and Tyler Denniston (Wabash, IN/Southwood) picked up two hits apiece. Lewellyn improved his season record to 3-3, surrendering just one run on five hits while striking out three.
The WHAC Tournament championship game is set to get underway Friday, May 3 at noon with the “if necessary” game to follow immediately afterwards.