With only two weeks left until the season starts we are getting very excited for the upcoming season. All of the freshmen are from the area so we never had the opportunity to play outside until late March. Going down south to play in mid-February will be a really great experience. Continue reading
Arkansas-Little Rock: Silver 4 Maroon 3
LITTLE ROCK – A two-out rally in the top of the third helped the Silver Team claim a 4-3 win in the opener of the UALR Fall World Series Tuesday evening at Gary Hogan Field. A two-RBI double off the bat of sophomoreBen Crumpton capped a four-run inning for the Silver Team, which takes a 1-0 lead in the series heading into game two on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. Continue reading
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MACOMB, Ill. – An appearance last season in the Summit League Tournament and a 20-win season has the Fighting Leathernecks looking forward to a competitive and exciting schedule in 2012.
Head coach Mike Villano announced the 2012 schedule, which includes 20 games at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. Those include non-conference home series with Xavier and Bradley, along with single games with Iowa and Eastern Illinois. Continue reading
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MACOMB, Ill. – Shane Davis has been named assistant coach for the Fighting Leatherneck baseball program. He comes to Western Illinois after two seasons as an assistant coach at Cleveland State.
“I’m very pleased to be in Macomb,” said Davis. “I’ve followed the program closely, and seen the improvemnents made in the past two seasons. I look to add to a program that is progressing toward great things in the Summit League.” Continue reading
The Fighting Leathernecks home season comes to an end this week as they take on the Redbirds of Illinois State this Tuesday. Coming off an 8-4 record in the past 12 games, the purple army looks to use this game to prepare for the final weekend of conference play against North Dakota State. Continue reading
The Leathernecks kept the train rolling in the right direction and won three of four to take its second consecutive series this past weekend, a feat that has not been done since 2008. Finals week is always a challenging and interesting time for student-athletes. Balancing practices, workouts and final exams is something that requires immense focus and organization. I commend all student-athletes for the skills shown on and off the field. Continue reading
Due to the facilities at Southern Utah I was able to be in the dugout instead of a press box. It was an interesting perspective to say the least. It was an important series just like every other Summit League series. The Leathernecks played extremely well and everybody contributed on some level. The Purple & Gold outscored the Thunderbirds 44-17 and ended two of the games early in seven innings. Dating back to last season, Western Illinois has ended three out of the last four games against Southern Utah early. Continue reading
The frustrating season has continued for us Leathernecks. After a series split with Summit League powerhouse Oral Roberts, we traveled to Oakland University and lost three of four. Inconsistency and lack of intensity throughout a full nine innings of play seems to be our Achilles heel. If we are going to pull this season around we need to take every aspect of the game head on, and take them one step at a time. That means we need to play each and every game from here on out one pitch at a time, one out at a time, and one inning at a time. If we cannot do that then our frustrations are destined to continue. Continue reading
Week two of conference play is in the books and the Necks are making some noise. We gave South Dakota State a couple of gifts last weekend, which hurt, but we had no time think about what could have been with Oral Roberts coming to town. Continue reading
At some point in the season, a team needs to become consistent in all phases of the game if they are going to have success. To this point our starting pitching has been pretty solid but we can’t win on starting pitching alone. At some point we are going to need a consistent effort from our bullpen to back up the effort we are getting each weekend from guys like Russell and Sterling. In the first few weeks of the season we were waiting on our bats to heat up so we could really start rollin’ as a team, well we have been hitting the heck out of the ball lately. Tommy Lilja has been big for us all season and continued his success with two homeruns on Sunday (one hit the top of the left field trees). Matt Igara was named Summit League player of the month after leading the league in hits and doubles and John Koszulinki is on a tear these past few months. Continue reading