Prairie Star pummeling

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Prairie Star pummeling

Adam McGinnis provides some of Western’s offense, smashing a solo homer to center field in the third.

Adam McGinnis provides some of Western’s offense, smashing a solo homer to center field in the third.

Mike Frederiksen

Adam McGinnis provides some of Western’s offense, smashing a solo homer to center field in the third.

Mike Frederiksen

Mike Frederiksen

Adam McGinnis provides some of Western’s offense, smashing a solo homer to center field in the third.

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After two very successful Summit League matchups, the Western Illinois baseball team had one-game non-conference matchup with Illinois-Springfield on Tuesday at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium.

The Leathernecks put runners on base, but struggled to knock them in, falling to the Prairie Stars 13-5.

“I give (UIS) credit,” said head coach Ryan Brownlee. “They were ready to play and we weren’t. It doesn’t matter who you are playing, you have to be ready to play. We made some mistakes on the mound and they put a couple balls out. We had our opportunities to score, but that’s where you’ve got to be focused from first pitch. We had multiple scoring opportunities, we just couldn’t cash in.”

After putting one run on the board in the first, Jason Galeano kept things going for UIS (9-10). Galeano smashed a three-run homer over the left-centerfield wall, giving the Prairie Stars a 4-0 lead after their half of the first.

“They came out ready to go and we didn’t,” said Adam McGinnis.  “They got on us early there. They kind of punched us in the mouth and we never really punched them back.”

The Leathernecks (6-16, 4-2 in Summit League play) had an opportunity to answer back in the bottom of the first. Connor Currier hit an RBI single to left field, scoring Chris Tschida.

McGinnis had the bases loaded but struck out, and Western pitcher Jimmy Perkins followed by grounding out to shortstop to end the inning.

In the bottom of the third, McGinnis got his redemption. He smacked a solo homerun over the centerfield wall to put the Leathernecks within two, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

In the top of the fifth, Ricky Digrugilliers came in to pitch for the Leathernecks. After Perkins allowed a base runner, Digrugilliers surrendered a three-run homer to Trey Hannam to give UIS a 7-2 lead.

Jordan Pannell came in to pitch for the Leathernecks in the top of the seventh. Pannell gave up the third home run of the day to the Prairie Stars, this time off the bat of Adam Warda, to put UIS up by six, 8-2.

The Leathernecks worked the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth when Nick Shrader stepped up to the plate. Shrader delivered a single to right field, scoring both Roman Visintine and Tschida to cut the lead down to 8-4.

Galeano got the pair of runs back for the Prairie Stars in the top of the ninth, hitting a two-RBI double.

UIS would tack on three more before ending the top of the ninth, and the Leathernecks would squeak one in during the bottom half of the inning, but that would be all.

According to McGinnis, the Leathernecks didn’t struggle to get players on base. They just struggled to get them across the plate.

“They’re pitchers did a great job pitching with runners in scoring position,” McGinnis said. “We expanded the strike zone, but we’ve got to have better two strike approaches.”

Perkins took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six hits while striking out three and walking three in 4.1 innings.

Adam Gregory earned the win for the Prairie Stars, pitching four innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out a pair with three walks.

Galeano finished his day 2-5 from the plate, hitting a home run, scoring twice and knocking in a game-high five RBIs.

McGinnis was 1-4 with a solo homer and two strikeouts for the Leathernecks.

Shrader finished 1-3 with a pair of RBIs and a walk while striking out twice.

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