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Dustin Hunter picked up his first career complete game on Saturday.
Courtesy: WIU Visual Productions Center
Dustin Hunter picked up his first career complete game on Saturday.
Hunter Dazzles in 7-3 Win Over Bison
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Saturday 04/14/2012
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MACOMB, Ill. - Dustin Hunter (3-2) went the distance to pick up his first complete game as a Leatherneck to lead Western Illinois (11-19-1, 2-4) over North Dakota State (23-8, 1-1), 7-3, on Saturday afternoon at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. The scheduled doubleheader was changes to a single game and started at 4 p.m.

In his nine innings of work, Hunter allowed three runs while striking out nine and walking just one. The senior now has 71 strikeouts in 52.2 innings this season.

Steve Kedroski provided nearly all the offense the Leathernecks would need with a 2-for-4 performance and three RBI. Danny Marcuzzo collected the other RBI for Western.

It appeared to be a mirror image of Friday's game when NDSU hung a three-spot on the board in the second. After a hit-by-pitch, Nick Anderson collected an infield single before a sacrifice bunt advanced both runners. Nick Altavilla singled home a run and Tim Colwell would follow with a two-run single into center giving the Bison a 3-0 lead.

Tom Lilja doubled to begin the bottom of the second and Kedroski traded spots with another double to get Western on the board, 3-1

Hunter settled in and retired 11 straight at one point to keep the Leathernecks within striking distance. Western began to get to unbeaten Bison starter, Luke Anderson (6-1), in the fifth.

Manny Reyes doubled to left center and took third on a wild pitch. Marcuzzo wasted no time in bring Reyes around to score and sent an RBI-single into right center. Dan Dispensa started the offense up again with two away with a single followed by a wild pitch and a fielding error allowing two more runs to cross. After five innings, Western held onto a 4-3 lead.

The Leathernecks added to its lead with two more in the seventh and one in the eighth highlighted by Kedroski's two-run double in the seventh.

Hunter returned to the mound in the final frame and retied the side in order to secure Western's second league win.

The two teams will play Saturday's doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. Nick Smith (3-3, 4.44 ERA) will go against Bryant Larson (3-1, 1.42 ERA) in the first game and Dan Russell (2-2, 4.61 ERA) will meet Zach Wentz (1-2, 5.76 ERA) in the series finale.

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