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Laidig homers twice as Western
Illinois outscored Coe
Dallas Baptist wins at No. 6 Texas A&M;
Appalachian St. sweeps DH at Elon
Macomb, Ill., Drew Laidig (left) homered twice to lead Western
Illinois past Coe 12-8 Thursday afternoon at Boyer Stadium. Cole
Waddell’s two-run double capped a five-run second as the
Leathernecks (11-26) took a 6-3 lead. Laidig’s two-run shot in
the third made it 8-3. The Kohawks (21-15) answered with one in
the fifth and two in the sixth to pull to within two. WIU plated
a pair in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh to push
the lead to 11-6. A two-run homer in the top of the eighth by
Tyler McAllister made it 11-8 before Laidig’s leadoff homer in
the bottom of the eighth completed the scoring.
Dallas Baptist 12, No. 6 Texas A&M 6
In College Station, Texas, Evan Bigley went 4 for
5 with four runs and one RBI as Dallas Baptist scored in each of
the first seven innings to defeat Texas A&M at Olsen Field.
Bigley doubled and scored in a two-run first for the Patriots
(30-13). Brandon Bantz homered in the second for DBU before Luke
Anders and Darby Brown each doubled and scored in the bottom of
the frame for the Aggies (38-8). Bigley singled and scored in a
two-run third as the Patriots took a 5-2 lead. DBU added one in
the fourth, two in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the
seventh for a 12-2 advantage. Blake Stouffer’s home run keyed a
four-run eighth for A&M. Jordan Meaker (5-1) fanned seven in 7.1
innings to earn the victory.
Appalachian State 9-26, Elon 3-10
In Elon, N.C., Appalachian State erupted for
eight in the top of the ninth in the opener and rolled in the
nightcap in sweeping a Southern Conference doubleheader at
first-place Elon to win the series. In the first game, the
Mountaineers (10-11, 26-23) were held to one hit in the first
eight innings, a seventh-inning homer by Jason Rook, before
Andrew Franco’s pinch-hit two-run single in the ninth tied it
for the Mountaineers (10-11, 26-23). Jason Wallace scored the
tie-breaker on an error by the Phoenix (16-8, 34-16). Isaac
Harrow’s three-run double capped the eight-run outburst. Garrett
Sherrill (1-2) struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth
for the victory. In the second game, ASU scored two in the
first, 11 in the second and three in the fourth for a 16-0 lead.
The Mountaineers set school records with 26 runs and 29 hits.
Harrow and Jason Altenhof each went 5 for 8 for ASU, while
Harrow drove in five. David Rubinstein and Wes Hobson each had
four hits and five runs.
New Mexico 9, BYU 7
In Provo, Utah, Mike Brownstein had three hits,
one run and two RBI as New Mexico outscored BYU in the opener of
their Mountain West series. Sean McNaughton homered in the first
as the Cougars (6-10, 18-27) scored in each of the first three
innings for a 3-0 lead. Brownstein had an RBI double and scored
in a three-run fifth as the Lobos (12-4, 28-19) tied it at 3-3.
After BYU reclaimed the lead with a pair in the bottom of the
frame, UNM took control with a five-run sixth. Bobby LaFromboise
(5-2) went 5.1 innings to record the victory. Clinton Cox fanned
four of the final five to earn his third save.
New York Tech 10, Manhattan 9
In Old Westbury, N.Y., Mike LaLuna scored the
game-winner in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch during an
intentional walk as New York Tech rallied for the win over
Manhattan. Trailing 9-6 in the ninth, Bob Garland hit a leadoff
homer to pull the Bears (14-23-1) to within two. Denten Neill
walked, Brian Smith had an infield hit and LaLuna walked to load
the bases with no outs. Joe Lucente’s RBI single plated Neill
and Smith came home on an outfield overthrow to tie it at 9-9.
With runners on second and third, Jerry Smith was being
intentionally walked when the fourth pitch went wide of the
catcher, allowing LaLuna to score the game-winner. Mike McCann’s
three-run homer highlighted a four-run seventh as the Jaspers
(21-18-1) built an 8-4 lead. NYIT answered with a pair in the
bottom of the frame Marc Onarati went deep in the top of the
eighth to make it 9-6. Onarati finished with three hits and
three runs for Manhattan. Garland had two hits, two runs and two
RBI for the Bears.
New Orleans 12, Southern 5
In New Orleans, Mark McGonigle went 4 for 5 with
two runs as New Orleans outscored Southern at Maestri Field.
Nick Schwaner hit a three-run homer in the first for the
Privateers (31-13). T.J. Baxter had a two-run single in a
four-run fourth and Alan Harris added a two-run shot in the
fifth as UNO took control 9-3. The Privateers have homered in 17
straight contests. Baxter finished with two hits, three runs and
two RBI. Michael Gavion went 3 for 5 with a home run for the