LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Western Illinois baseball (2-7) fell to Arkansas-Little Rock (8-3) 11-3 on Sunday afternoon (Mar. 3). The game was the weekend finale for the Leathernecks, who faced three different opponents in three days.
Seven different Leathernecks recorded hits in the game, led by Erik Maki who had his first career double in the fifth inning. Maki reached base safely in all four-plate appearances, also the first in his career.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Trojans scored the first run of the game in the second inning. The Leathernecks would answer however in the top of the third inning, scoring two to take an early lead.
Dan Dispensa singled in the third for the 181st hit of his Leatherneck career. The senior would score after Jameson Henning reached on a throwing error. Maki also scored for Western in the inning on a wild pitch from Trojan starting pitcher Ethan Schlechte.
Arkansas-Little Rock would take the lead in the bottom of the third inning and never look back. David Guarno led off the inning with a solo homerun for the Trojan's which tied the game at 2-2. Ben Cumpton would scored the go ahead run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by John Clarke.
The Trojans added at least one run in every inning for the remainder of the game. Westerns final run came in the ninth inning when Maki crossed the plate for the second time after a Henning RBI single.
In total the Purple & Gold used seven pitchers in the contest. Mason Pingel (1-1) started for the Leathernecks and was handed the loss. The righty threw 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs while striking out four.
Schlechte (2-0) picked up the win for the Trojans. The senior lasted seven innings, giving up five hits and one earned run while striking out one.
The Leathernecks will be in action again next weekend against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The three-game set will take place inside the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., beginning Friday, March 8.