ROCHESTER, Mich. - Western Illinois baseball concluded the 2013 season on Saturday (May 25) after falling to South Dakota State and North Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament. The Purple & Gold end the season with a 19-37 record, the most wins for the program in two years and the most wins for a first year head coach in program history.
Game 1: North Dakota State 3, Western Illinois 0
The Leathernecks started the day in the winners bracket of the tournament and took on the North Dakota State Bison in game one. The Bison took an early lead and held on to defeat Western 3-0.
Tom Constand (4-5) threw his first career complete game in the loss with six strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. The lefty topped his previous career high of 7.2 innings, which also came against the Bison earlier this season.
NDSU scored one run in the second, fourth and fifth innings and recorded eight total hits in the contest. John Skrbec led the all hitters in the game with three hits, one RBI and one run scored.
Tanner Glore and JP Maestas each recorded hits for Western in the pitching duel that saw NDSU starter David Ernst (5-5) also throw a complete game. Ernst struck out seven on his way to the victory. The loss was the first of the tournament for WIU and sent the Purple & Gold into the losers bracket for a rematch with South Dakota State.
Game 2: South Dakota State 5, Western Illinois 4
Game two of the day for Western saw the Leathernecks take an early 4-0 lead before SDSU scored late runs and came out on top 5-4.
The Purple & Gold started off the top of the first inning with three hits and two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Zack Burling led off the game with a single and advanced to second after stealing his team best 19th base of the year. Burling then came around to score when Dan Dispensa singled through the right side to give WIU an early lead. Two batters later Steve Kedroski hit a double into the right center field gap to score Dispensa and put WIU on top by two runs.
After neither team scored in the second or third, Western added two more runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. Glore singled to lead off the inning and one batter later Brent Turner beat out a bunt single to put two runners on. Glore scored on a Maesteas RBI ground out while Turner crossed the plate on a Burling sacrifice fly.
SDSU answered with one run in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to make the score 4-2. The Jackrabbits then took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh inning. Al Robbins led off the inning with a walk and scored on a Scott Splett double. Daniel Telford also doubled one batter later to score Splett and tie the game. Telford scored on a passed ball to put the Jackrabbits on top for good.
Burling, Kedroski and Glore all recorded multiple hits for the Leathernecks in the game. Kedroski also ended the game with two doubles to match his career high.