MACOMB, Ill. - After a three game series in Minnesota, the Leathernecks will travel to nearby St. Louis for a two-game series with the Saint Louis Billikens.
The single game Tuesday (Mar. 12) will have a start time of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday's game also begins at 3:00.
THE MATCH UP
WHO: Western Illinois at St. Louis
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12 - Wednesday, March 13
3:00 p.m. • 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Louis, Mo. • Billiken Sports Center (Capacity: 500)
Live Stats: SLUBillikens.com
LAST TIME OUT: The Leathernecks traveled to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers in a three-game series at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. On Friday, (Mar. 8) Western was in the game the whole way thanks to pitching efforts from John White and Aaron Michel, but it wasn't enough to get around the Gopher's Tom Windle who pitched a complete-game shutout in game one... Game two on Saturday, (Mar. 9) saw the Leathernecks get down 3-0 early, but relievers Tom Constand and Mason Pingel allowed just two runs to cross over the final 4 2/3 innings. The lone run for Western came on a Brent Turner single that scored Mark Garton in fifth inning... Garton finished the game with two hits in three at bats to lead the offensive charge... The third game of the series on Sunday, (Mar. 10) saw the Purple and Gold jump out to an early 2-0 lead on three doubles in the first inning by Brent Turner, Jameson Henning and Jake Moore. After a run from the Gophers, Western extended their lead in the third, 3-1, on a single by Manny Reyes to drive in Henning. Minnesota, however scored three times in the fourth and never looked back to win 5-3... Riley Perry pitched four innings for the Leathernecks giving up just two earned runs, while Nick Smith, Tyler Owings, Aaron Michel and Brian Loconsole combined for just one unearned run in relief.
FIRST WIN: The first win of the 2013 Western Illinois baseball season came in the third game of the season at #1 Arkansas... The Leathernecks took down the Razorbacks 7-5 for the first win of 2013, and the first win of the Ryan Brownlee coaching era... The win was also the first in program history over a top ranked team in the nation... The previous highest ranked team beaten by the Leathernecks was Missouri in 2008, the Tigers were ranked #4 at the time of the 5-3 Leatherneck win.