MACOMB, Ill. – For the second day in a row, Western Illinois scored in its last at-bat to pull out a Summit League baseball victory. Sunday, the Leathernecks tallied a run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat South Dakota State, 6-5, and take the weekend series three games to one.
The Leathernecks improved to 8-13 overall and 4-4 in league play. SDSU dropped to 7-13 overall and 2-6 in The Summit League.
Pierre native, Landon Badger went 1-4 in the loss with a double and a run, scoring on a three run homer which put the Jacks up 3-0. However, a five run bottom of the seventh gave the Leathernecks the lead and Western was able to win it in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off two out single. Garrett Stout, another Pierre native, went 0-4 in the loss.
South Dakota State returns to nonconference action next weekend, playing a four-game series at Evansville. Friday’s series opener is set for 6 p.m. at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.