MACOMB, Ill. – In their final home game of 2013, Fighting Leatherneck baseball took down the North Dakota State Bison 8-6 on Sunday afternoon (May 12). The win gives the Leathernecks the weekend sweep over the Bison, the first four-game sweep for Leatherneck baseball since 2008.
Six different Leathernecks recorded multiple hits in the game and as a team the Purple & Gold had 14 hits.
After a scoreless first inning Western poured in three runs in both the second and third to take a 6-0 lead. In the second JP Maestas had a two RBI single while Zack Burling recorded an RBI double. In the third Brent Turner picked up a two RBI single that scored both Steve Kedroski and Neil DeCook.
The Bison scored their first two runs of the game in the top half of the fourth inning but the Leathernecks responded with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to widen the lead to 8-2. Jameson Henning had an RBI double down the left field line in the inning that scored Dan Dispensa from first. DeCook also recorded an RBI single for Western in the inning that scored Henning.
NDSU added two more runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth to make the score 8-5. Wes Satzinger hit an inside the park home run down the left field line for the Bison in the fifth.
One more NDSU run in the top of the eighth inning made the score 8-6 heading to the ninth inning. In the ninth the Bison were able to load the bases but Nick Smith would not allow a run on his way to his first career save.
Tyler Willman (1-5) notched his first win of the year in the game after throwing six innings with seven strikeouts and three earned runs allowed.
The Leathernecks are now 18-29 overall this season and 9-11 in conference play after the weekend sweep. The 18 wins already surpasses the 17 wins from last season and for Ryan Brownlee those wins are the most for a first-year head coach in program history.
Western will have just one day off before traveling to Omaha, Neb. to take on the Omaha Mavericks in a doubleheader on Tuesday (May 14). Game one of the doubleheader will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.