Leathernecks Take Second Straight Series
Courtesy: Cameron Weidenthaler, Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 05/08/2011
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Senior Bryan Jordan drove in two runs in the series clinching win on...

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.

Jordan walked to start the top of the seventh. Ryan Cowhey sacrificed Jordan to second. Anthony Kaskadden doubled down the left field line to collect the an important insurance 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.


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