FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Play
resumed on Sunday, May 8, after game two of Saturday’s doubleheader was suspended between IPFW and Western Illinois due
to heavy rains. Western slept on a 2-0 lead thanks to a Bryan Jordan
double before the rain became a problem. The Purple & Gold won a hard fought battle, 3-1, to move to
6-2 in the last eight Summit League. Western Illinois improves to 18-30 overall and 10-10 within the league. IPFW falls to 13-29 and 8-12 in the Summit League. The last time that the Leathernecks won consecutive Summit League series was in 2008 with Southern Utah and North Dakota State.
Ryan Wachholder (1-7) kept the home team quiet including four
strikeouts. The junior right-hander went all seven innings and allowed one unearned run.
IPFW finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. A hit and a Western Illinois error led to the Mastodon’s run.
Austin Cowen ended the game with unassisted double play to give Wachholder the complete game victory.
Matt Igara bounced back from a slump with a 3-for-4 performance. Jordan and Cowen both collected two hits on the game. Jordan collected two RBI while Kaskadden drove in the other run. Jordan paced the Leatherneck offense over the weekend with a .533 average (8-for-15) with three doubles and five RBI while collecting 11 total bases. During the previous two weeks the Leatherneck senior has hit .500 (14-for-28).
Samuel Walker (4-4) went 5.1 innings and allowed two earned tuns while collecting nine strikeouts. Matt Ransbottom tossed the final 1.2 innings while allowing one hit and one earned run.
Kurt Dudley went 2-for-2 while Will Faulkner collected the only RBI for the Mastodons.
Western Illinois will be back in action on Friday at 3:30 p.m. when Centenary comes to Macomb, Ill. Senior day will be
celebrated on Sunday before the game. Eight seniors
including Devin VanBrooker will be honored before first pitch. VanBrooker lost his life last season after a motorcycle accident. The left-hander won three games and tossed 54.2 innings for Western Illinois last season.