NORMAN, Okla. - Western Illinois used a pair of 2-run home runs and exploded for 13 runs in the nightcap against Stephen F. Austin to split Saturday's doubleheader (March 6), winning 13-6 in the 2010 Sooner Classic. The Fighting Leathernecks improved to 4-3 on the year while SFA dropped to 7-3.
The Lumberjacks hit a 2-run homer in the second inning, however, Tom Lilja answered in the third hammering a 3-run shot down the left field line. SFA tied the game in the fourth but a two-out rally in the fifth put Western ahead for good.
Cole Waddell doubled with one out, then two batters later Jason Summers lined a RBI double. Andrew Hagins walked then Bryan Jordan delivered a RBI single. Freshman Dan Dispensa launched a 3-run shot, his first collegiate home run, making it 8-3.
The Lumberjacks got three of those runs back in their half of the sixth, but Lilja added a sacrifice fly in the sixth for his career-high fourth RBI in the game. Jared Depenbrock lined a two-out RBI single in the seventh. In the eighth Anthony Kaskadden singled to start off the frame. He took second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on catcher Jarid Scarafiotti's throwing error. Summers lined a RBI single then Hagins followed with a sacrifice fly for the final margin.
Devin VanBrooker (2-0) cruised through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Senior David Hill came on in relief and pitched four scoreless innings, scattering two hits, to earn his first save. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. VanBrooker allowed six runs on eight hits, but did not walk a batter and fanned three.
The first three batters of WIU's line-up (Waddell, Lilja and Summers) combined to go 7-for-12 with six runs scored and six RBI. In fact, every player in the Western line-up recorded a base hit. Dispensa finished with two hits and drove in three. Kaskadden scored three runs in the game.
Brett Rogers (1-1) allowed eight runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. The middle of the Lumberjacks line-up combined for nine of the team's 10 hits, scored six runs and finished with four RBI.
Western Illinois jumped out to an early lead but Stephen F. Austin kept the Leathernecks' bats in check, winning game one of the day-night doubleheader 8-2 on Saturday morning.
Jordan lined a one-out double in the first, then Hagins and Summers drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Dispensa grounded out to bring home a run.
Chris Giglio reached on an infield single to start the second, but from there SFA did not allow another hit until Waddell's two-out double in the seventh. The Lumberjacks scored seven unanswered runs, capped by a four-run sixth inning.
Hagins and Summers reached on consecutive errors to start the eighth, then two batter later Lilja lined a RBI single making it 7-2. The Lumberjacks hit a solo home run in the eighth for the final margin.
Randon Lingle (1-1) gave up seven runs - six earned - on 12 hits in 5.1 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Hill worked two-thirds of an inning then John Sneegas scattered two hits in two innings of relief.
Waddell and Jordan each had a double while Lilja and Giglio accounted for the other two WIU hits.
Jared West (2-0) gave up one run on two hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out three. Garrett Smith and Ryan Priest had three hits apiece for the Lumberjacks.
Western closes out play in the Sooner Classic facing USF Sunday morning (March 7), first pitch scheduled for 10 a.m.