On May 8 the Scarlet Hawks baseball team took on the University of Chicago at the home of the Chicago White Sox, US Cellular Field. The event was the first in what both schools hope to be a long-standing tradition. The day was perfect for a ball game, and students, faculty, staff, family, and friends filled the stands. For the players, the experience was like none other. “It was like being pro for a day. The field was a little greener, the dirt was a little softer - everything seemed just perfect,” stated first baseman, junior, Jon Celestino. “The fans were incredible as well.”
Biology professor Dr. Benjamin Stark threw out the opening pitch to get things started. The Scarlet Hawks started the game off strong from the get-go, ending the top of the first on a double play, with a stand-out catch by senior Nick Wise. At bat, the Hawks took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first with runs scored by Bill O’Toole (‘11), Ryan Bouck (‘11) and junior John Rotella. The Maroons brought the score back up in the next two innings, leaving the score at 3-2 after the third. From there, despite great defensive plays and some great hits, the Maroons took over the lead, bringing the closing score to 3-7.
Despite the loss, the Scarlet Hawks still look back on the game in a positive light. “Playing at the Cell was a great experience,” commented junior second baseman Kevin Glennon. “We had the most fans we have ever had at a game, and it was a fun atmosphere to play in.” The game was just as exciting for the fans of both schools. For senior Sara Cantowine (Mechanical Engineering ’12), the game was exciting because “it was great to be able to sit so close to the field (100 level seating) and to see our team play on a professional field.”
The Hawks ended their season 11-23 and graduated two players. For the 2012 season, the team welcomes six new freshman players.