MACOMB, Ill. - Seniors Rich Mascheri and Dustin Hunter both tossed complete games and Western Illinois (15-29-1, 5-14) swept a doubleheader over IPFW (14-33, 6-13) Saturday (May 5) at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium.
Western Illinois 5, IPFW 0
A stellar complete game effort by Rich Mascheri propelled Western Illinois to a 5-0 victory in Game One. Mascheri allowed two hits and struck out six Mastodons over nine dominant innings. He faced 29 batters and threw 118 pitches overall.
Mascheri (2-7) allowed his first hit in the fourth but Matt Igara threw out Carter DeBoe at home to end the inning. Mascheri finished the game by retiring 12 consecutive batters.
Dan Dispensa had two hits and scored a run while Igara singled in a run and scored in the first inning. Nick Milligan, Manny Reyes and Austin Cowen also drove in runs for the Fighting Leathernecks. Ryan Cowhey singled, stole a base and scored two runs.
Western Illinois got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the third inning. Cowhey reached on an error and stole third base one batter later. Cowhey scored on Igara's single to left field and Igara advanced to second on a balk. Milligan then drove home Igara on a single to center field.
Dispensa tripled with one out in the fifth inning. With Cowen at the plate, Jason Kalber threw a wild pitch and Dispensa trotted home to extend the Western Illinois lead to 3-0.
Western Illinois added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Cowhey led off with a single down the left field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch one batter later. Cowen drove Cowhey home on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Kalber (4-8) started for IPFW and allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two Leathernecks.
Western Illinois 4, IPFW 1
Dustin Hunter struck out 15 batters, which is second most all-time, in a seven-inning complete game effort and Western Illinois used a big second inning to win Game Two, 4-1.
Hunter (4-4) allowed five hits, including a solo home run, and walked three Mastodons in a strong effort. He struck out five consecutive batters in the fourth and fifth innings.
Cowhey singled in a run while Brent Turner walked in a run and scored. Igara, Steve Kedroski and Milligan all scored runs for Western Illinois. Igara's single in the fourth inning extended his hit streak (nine games) and reached base streak (18 contests).
Western Illinois sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs on only two hits in the second inning. Igara walked and a pitch hit Kedroski before Milligan singled to load the bases. Turner walked in a run and two scored on Shane Trevino's fielding error at first base. After Danny Marcuzzo struck out swinging, Turner scored on Cowhey's single to left field.
Malcolm White homered to leadoff the sixth inning to put IPFW on the scoreboard for the first time. Hunter responded by striking out two more Mastodons to extend his total to 14.
Hunter struck out Kristian Gayday to start the seventh inning but allowed a one-out double and walked Calen Fenimore to put the tying run at home plate. Lucas Salerno grounded into a double play to end the game.
Kyle Sorensen (1-4) took the loss for IPFW after allowing four runs (one earned) over 1 1/3 innings. Danny Tursell threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Mastodons.
The two teams wrap up the series Sunday (May 6) with first pitch set for noon, as the Fighting Leathernecks celebrate Senior Day before the final home game of the season.