MACOMB Ill. (GoJacks.com) – South Dakota State showed signs of breaking out of an offensive funk in a victory in the first game of a Summit League baseball doubleheader against Western Illinois Friday afternoon, but Leatherneck pitcher Brett Sears pitched a three-hit shutout in Game 2 to finish with a split.
Drew Beazley recorded a career-high four hits and matched a career high with four runs batted in to lead the Jackrabbit offense and Adam Mazur tossed seven strong innings as the Jackrabbits won the opener, 10-3 but where blanked in game two 5-0.
On Saturday, Western Illinois pushed a run across in the bottom of the eighth inning and held off South Dakota State, 4-3.
SDSU starter Cody Carlson finished with a no-decision after striking out six and allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Eli Sundquist took the loss as he pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for the Jackrabbits.
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.
Jackrabbit freshman Owen Bishop struck out six and did not walk a batter in his 6 2/3 innings of work.
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.