Check, Johnson lift Western past Southern Utah
Courtesy: David Noblett  
Release: Tuesday 04/06/2007
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Travis Check hit his fifth home run of the year Friday against...

CEDAR CITY, Utah. — Travis Check was two-for-three with a two-run home run and three RBIs leading Western Illinois to a 7-2 win over Southern Utah in the second game of a doubleheader. Western fell 4-1 in the opener.

Rob Johnson (4-2) went the distance for the Leathernecks (17-15, 2-1 Mid-Con) going seven complete innings and allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out six Thunderbirds (4-27, 1-2 Mid-Con) in the nightcap.

Jake Corley was the only other Leatherneck to get multiple hits, going 2-for-4, while Matt Newquist, Kyle Surprenant and T. J. Kistner all drove in a run each.

Western never trailed, scoring two runs in the opening inning off Check’s two-run round tripper. The Leathernecks made it 3-1 in the top of the third and added two more in the fifth before scoring a pair of insurance runs in the sixth to take a 7-1 lead. Check made it 6-1 in the fifth with a double to center scoring Chris Mayr, and then Check scored on a Newquist sacrifice fly after moving to third on a balk.

In the opener the Thunderbirds scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie and held the Leathernecks off down the stretch. Jacob Romney started the second half of the fifth with a double down the right field line. After Western’s starting pitcher, Travis Tolsma (2-3), walked Joe Wright, Keli’i Zablan hit a two-run double to right giving the Thunderbirds a 3-1 lead. Wright then scored from third after moving up on a Western error.

Southern Utah took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Leathernecks tied the game in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Corley that drove home Newquist. However, Western was held to just three hits from that point on.

Western will conclude the series tomorrow at noon (CST). With a win over Southern Utah, the Leathernecks can claim the first series victory over the Thunderbird in school history.

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