On Saturday afternoon, the Hawks baseball team played a double header against the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene University. The Hawks lost the first game 2-4, but won the second 2-1. In the first game the Hawks took an early lead in the second inning, with runs scored by sophomore Jon Celestino and junior Reid Matsumoto. The Tigers took over in the fifth with four runs and held onto the lead through the end of the game.
In the second of the two games, neither team was up on the board until the fourth, when senior Mat Bednarz scored on a single by senior Miguel Gallegos. The Tigers answered the Hawks run in the fifth to tie up the score until the bottom of the seventh. With a few strategic hits, the Hawks loaded the bases one hit after another - first, junior Nick Wise, then Gallegos, followed by sophomore Jack Kosar. Senior Bill O’Toole singled, bringing Wise home for the game ending run. On the defensive, Bednarz pitched a complete game, giving up only three hits.
Earlier in the week the Hawks played, and unfortunately lost, three other games - a double header on Tuesday against Purdue University-North Central, and on Wednesday a single game against Judson College. Their overall record is now 7-16.
On Wednesday, the Hawks will play at home again against the University of Saint Francis. The double header will start at 1 p.m.