MACOMB, Ill. – Fighting Leatherneck baseball dropped both games of the doubleheader against the Omaha Mavericks on Saturday afternoon (Apr. 13). The Mavericks took game one 5-3 and the second game 9-2.
Omaha put the first five runs across in the first game of the doubleheader and were able to hold off a late inning rally attempt by the Leathernecks to get the 5-3 victory. The Mavericks capitalized on four singles in the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead.
UNO put three more runs across in the fifth inning of the contest to take a 5-0 lead that would last the rest of the game. Omaha picked up two hits in the inning.
Western put their first two runs on the board in the sixth inning to narrow the lead. Neil DeCook singled to lead off the inning and advanced all the way to third after an Erik Maki single one batter later. DeCook and Maki were the two runners to score for the Leathernecks in the inning.
The Purple & Gold scored their final run in the seventh inning on a DeCook RBI single that scored Steve Kedroski, however the come back attempt would fall short and Western fell in the seven-inning contest 5-3.
Tom Constand (1-3) matched his career high with seven innings of work in the loss. The lefty struck out seven batters and gave up seven hits.
DeCook and JP Maestas each recorded two hits apiece for the Leathernecks in game one. The two hits matched a career best for DeCook and is a new career high for Maestas.
The second game of the doubleheader was a nine-inning contest that saw Omaha get the early lead and hold on to get the 9-2 victory. The Leathernecks picked up nine hits in the game, led by Dan Dispensa and who had two apiece.
Omaha put across two in the third inning to take the early lead. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Mavericks scored three more in the fifth and another in the sixth to go on top 6-0.
The Leathernecks got their first run across in the bottom of the sixth inning. Zack Burling led off the inning with a bunt single and advanced to third after Dispensa hit a double to left center. Burling crossed the plate after a Jameson Henning RBI single. Henning has now hit safely in 14 consecutive games.
Western scored their final run of the game in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Brent Turner got on to lead off for Western after being hit by a pitch and scored on a DeCook RBI single.
The final game of the weekend series will take place tomorrow afternoon (Apr. 14) at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. First pitch is slated for noon, with Mason Pingel expected to get the start for Western.