Western scores seven with two outs in eighth to down Iowa 9-2
Courtesy: David Noblett  
Release: Thursday 05/16/2007
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Brett Pendell broke the single season record for runs scored with 54.

MACOMB, Ill. Brett Pendell scored the first run of a two-out, seven-run inning as Western Illinois downed Iowa, 9-2, Wednesday at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. Western (31-20) broke a 2-2 tie with the Hawkeyes (30-18) in the bottom of the eighth and continued to pour runs on to put the contest away. Pendell’s game-winning run set a record for most runs scored in a single season with 54. It broke a four-year old record set in 2003 by Clint Buchen.

The win also gave the Leathernecks their third straight win at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium and increased their home record to 13-4 this year. Western is 25-5 since the grand opening of the stadium in May 2006.

Iowa became the third Big Ten team to fall at the hands of the Leathernecks this year. Western also defeated Northwestern, in Lubbock, Texas, and Purdue, in Macomb. The win over the Hawkeyes marked the third time in four years Western has had Iowa’s number. The Leathernecks also defeated the Hawkeyes in 2004 and 2005. Head coach Stan Hyman is 3-3 all time against Iowa since coming to Western in 2002.

Western took the lead for good after Pendell scored on a wild pitch from Kyle Heim to take a 3-2 lead. Matt Newquist and Jake Corley then drove in a run each as Newquist doubled to center to score Travis Check, and then Corley drove home Newquist with a single up the middle. T.J. Kistner tripled for the fourth straight hit of the inning to score Corley and then scored on a passed ball to give Western a 7-2 lead. Kyle Surprenant and Chris Mayr added the final two insurance runs to make the final score 9-2.

Western took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth before Iowa tied the game in the seventh.

Todd Nelson (7-2) continued his winning ways as he captured his sixth straight victory. The junior threw two shutout innings, allowed no hits and walked just one batter. Mark DiBernardo got the start for Western as he went the first seven innings and allowed just two runs on six hits and struck out nine batters.

Dan Johnson led the way offensively for Western going 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs.

Western will now battle for the final Mid-Continent Conference title as first place Oral Roberts comes to town for a four-game series Thursday through Saturday. Thursday’s first pitch is at 3 p.m., Friday’s doubleheader starts at noon and the series will conclude Saturday at noon.

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