MACOMB, Ill. – Rain could not stop the Western Illinois baseball team from taking the field against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Saturday afternoon (May 4) in a conference doubleheader. The doubleheader was originally going to be cancelled, but Leatherneck coaches managed to get the field game-ready on Saturday morning.
South Dakota State took game one of the doubleheader 4-1. Game two saw the Jackrabbits jump out to an early lead before the rain started to pick up at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. After a 15-minute rain delay in the fifth inning, the game was officially postponed in the top of the seventh with SDSU on top 5-0.
The Jackrabbits held the Leathernecks scoreless until the sixth inning of game one and scored three early runs on their way to a 4-1 victory.
Aaron Michel (3-2) threw 6.1 innings in the loss allowing three earned runs while striking out two. Lane Somsen (3-3) picked up the win for the Jackrabbits after throwing 6.0 innings with four strikeouts and one earned run.
SDSU got on the board first in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Paul Jacobson singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a Reid Clary RBI single.
The Jackrabbits added two more runs in the third inning to make the score 3-0. Scott Splett hit a solo home run in the inning that cleared the left field wall.
Western got on the board in the bottom half of the sixth inning to make the score 3-1. Zack Burling got on after getting hit by a pitch and made his way to third after two stolen bases. Burling scored on a Jameson Henning sacrifice fly.
SDSU added one more run in the top half of the seventh to make the score 4-1 which would be the final in the seven-inning contest.
Game two of the doubleheader will resume tomorrow morning (April 5) at 11 a.m. The Leathernecks and Jackrabbits will then play their originally scheduled doubleheader following the conclusion of game two.