MACOMB, Ill. — Western Illinois’ Javin Drake scattered four hits and struck out seven in shutting out UNO 5-0 Saturday afternoon.
Drake went the distance for a second straight start as the Leathernecks (19-28, 13-13) defeated the Mavericks (27-17-1, 19-7).
The loss cut the Mavs’ Summit League lead to 1 1⁄2 games, but second-place South Dakota State trailed Oral Roberts 9-3 in the sixth inning when the game was suspended by rain.
Western Illinois scored all five runs in the fifth inning.
The Leathernecks started the frame with three singles to load the bases, chasing starter Andrew Brighton.
Reliever Jacob Mohler hit Drue Glassi with a pitch to score a run and CJ Schaeffer drove in two with a single to right.
Deion Thompson followed with a two-run double to left to cap the scoring.
The Mavs managed four singles and had one runner reach scoring position.
With two outs in the fourth, Grant Suponchick reached on a two-out error and advanced to second when Brett Bonar was hit by a pitch. But Drake retired Thomas DeBonville on a fly ball to center to end the threat.
UNO is 3-7 in its past 10 games, averaging 2.3 runs during that stretch.
The Mavs will try to win the series at noon Sunday.
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UNO's Keil Krumwiede, left, tosses the ball to Keil Krumwiede to force out Nebraska's Angelo Altavilla on a ball hit by Joe Acker.
UNO's Max Gamm, left is greeted by Braden Rogers after he scores in the first inning on a fielder's choice hit by Thomas DeBonville.
UNO's Max Gamm salutes after scoring in the first inning.
UNO's Keil Krumwiede slides home safely in the first inning on a two-run single by Parker Smejkal as Nebraska catcher Luke Roskam waits for the throw.
UNO's Jackson Gordon pitches against Nebraska.
Nebraska's Kyle Perry reacts to being pulled in the first inning after walking four UNO batters.
Nebraska's Mojo Hagge flies out in the second inning.
Nebraska coach Darin Erstad talks to Joe Acker after an at-bat.
From left: Nebraska's Spencer Schwellenbach is greeted in the dugout by Luke Roskam, center and Joe Acker after hitting a third-inning home run.
From left: Nebraska's Spencer Schwellenbach is greeted by Aaron Palensky after hitting a third-inning home run as UNO catcher Brett Bonar watches.
UNO's Grant Suponchick pitches against Nebraska.
Nebraska's Bo Blessie pitches against UNO.
UNO's Keil Krumwiede misplays a ball hit by Nebraska's Spencer Schwellenbach.
Nebraska's Spencer Schwellenbach tries to field a ball hit by UNO's Max Gamm in the sixth inning.
Nebraska's Jaxon Hallmark pitches against UNO.