LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Western Illinois baseball fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes 7-3 on Saturday afternoon (Mar. 2). The Hawkeyes scored three early runs that would hold up for the duration of the game.
The Hawkeyes took advantage of two Leatherneck errors in the
first inning and scored three runs to jump out to an early lead. Jake Yacinich
scored for Iowa in the inning and finished the game with a team high three hits
and two RBI to go along with his run scored.
Western first runs came in the second inning of the game. DeCook, Burling and Turner all singled in the inning. DeCook’s single scored Mark Garton, while Turner’s single scored Burling.
Iowa would score another run in the fourth inning, two in the sixth and one more in the eighth. The Leathernecks put their final run on the board in the seventh inning. Turner scored from second after Dan Dispensa got caught in a rundown. The sophomore crossed the plate just seconds before Dispensa was tagged out.
John White (0-1) was handed the loss in the game. The junior
threw 5 2/3 innings, striking out two while allowing four earned runs. The 5 2/3
innings pitched is a career high for White.
Western falls to 2-6 on the season after the loss, while the Hawkeyes improve to 4-4 on the year. The two teams will square off again on Tuesday, April 2 in Iowa City.
Matt Dermody (2-0) picked up the win for the Hawkeyes. The lefty lasted seven innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four.
The Leathernecks will close out the weekend tomorrow afternoon (Mar. 3) against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. Mason Pingel is slated to make his third start of the season for Western in the contest.
Head coach Ryan Brownlee meets with Iowa head coach
Jack Dahm (right) and his father Jim Brownlee (center).