Western Illinois Baseball moves to 1-12 on the season after this weekend's three game set vs Dayton. During the front end of a doubleheader Sunday, Western defeated Dayton 7-5 in 10 innings. This marked the first win of the season for the Leathernecks, who have come close on a number of occasions in the early-going, but had yet to close one out until Sunday.
The Leathernecks were coming in off a tough 6-0 beating from the Flyers on Friday. In that one Dayton touched Western for 3 runs in the 1st and 3 more in the 7th.
On Sunday, Western was down 4-0 heading into the 6th inning, but a Roman Visintine 2-run double and a Johnathan Fleek 2-run single evened the score. The Leathernecks then found themselves down in the top of the 9th, but tied it up on a Conner Currier RBI double. Sam Cottingham-Beard, who struck out 7 and did not allow an earned run in 3.2 innings of work, struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th to send it to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, Western finally got ahead. A Chris Tschida fielder's choice scored CJ Schaffer as the go-ahead run. Tchida then stole second, forcing an error by the Dayton catcher, scoring another Leatherneck run. Cottingham-Beard closed out the game, to earn the win.
The second game of the Sunday doubleheader went 4-1 to Dayton. A 3-run 4th inning gave the Flyers a cushion that they never let slip out of their grasp. The lone WIU run came when senior outfielder Cord Church drew a walk in the top of the 6th with the bases loaded.
Western has a quick turnaround, playing at Butler this afternoon. Following the Butler matchup, WIU heads back west to meet Robert Morris for a Wednesday affair. The Leathernecks follow that up with their innagural homestand of the season, playing three games against Summit League foe Fort Wayne in Macomb this coming weekend.