Sparked by a two-run triple by Zach Weatherford in a five-run third inning, Wright State surged into first place in then Horizon League with a 7-3 victory over Illinois-Chicago Friday at Nischwitz Stadium.
The Raiders improved to 30-13 overall, and 12-6 in the Horizon League. They now lead UIC by a half-game.
Bear Bellomy delivered second complete game of the season, surrendering three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk. The senior right-hander is 5-3 this year.
3rd Inning – Peyton Burdick and Seth Gray opened up the scoring on Friday night with RBI singles, and Zach Weatherford brought home two more with a triple to put the Raiders up by four. Alex Aldersrounded out the third inning with a sacrifice fly, bringing the score to 5-0 in favor of Wright State.
7th Inning – The Flames brought the game close in the sixth, as an RBI single brought UIC within two at 5-3. The Raiders earned some breathing room in the seventh after Seth Gray was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Zach Weatherford drove in another run, his third of the game, to give the Raiders the win by a final score of 7-3.
The Raiders (30-13, 12-7 Horizon League, 1st place)will continue the series against the UIC (18-17, 11-7 Horizon League, 2nd place) tomorrow afternoon. Originally scheduled for 2 p.m., tomorrow’s contest has been moved up to 1 p.m. due to expected evening weather. Tomorrow will be Family Day at Nischwitz Stadium, with all children offered free admission.