LISLE, Ill. – Westmont advanced to the IHSA Class 2A State semifinals with a 2-0 win over Marquette Monday, despite being kept out of the hit column.
Evan Snyder threw a six-inning no-hitter and fanned 12 Sentinel batters, but a rocky fifth inning that included a throwing error and two wild pitches doomed the Crusaders, who have dropped their last three Super Sectionals at Benedictine University.
Marquette finishes the season 31-7.
Snyder immediately worked his way into a jam, walking the first three hitters of the game and throwing 12 of his first 13 pitches for balls. But the sophomore righthander battled back, freezing Tommy Franczak, getting John Kelly to ground into a force at home plate, and striking out Greg Pietrzak to escape the early bases-loaded jam.
His counterpart, Zach Moran, never faced such difficulty. The senior, who committed to pitch next season at College of DuPage, made the outside corner his office and repeatedly stifled the Crusaders. He allowed just two hits in the game, the first not coming until Nolan Durdan hit a soft liner to center with two outs in the fifth inning.
Snyder settled in as well, carving up the Westmont lineup without much difficulty through the second, third and fourth innings. Then came the fifth, as Snyder walked Michael Geduldig to lead off the inning, then watched as a throwing error from Patrick Killelea on a sacrifice bunt allowed the speedy senior to score all the way from first and put Westmont on the board.
After a wild pitch and a walk, Charlie Donovan hit a slow roller to short that allowed Joe Donovan to score, and although the Sentinels still did not have a hit, they did have a 2-0 lead with only six outs still to get.
Jel Raikes flared a two-out single to left in the seventh inning to bring the tying run to the plate, but Moran got John Lechtenberg to fly out to center to end the game and put Westmont into the state semifinals for the first time since 1989.
Marquette worked a runner into scoring position just once in the ballgame after C.J. Norman walked and stole a base in the second inning, but he would be stranded there when the inning ended. Westmont was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Westmont will face Byron in the state semifinals at Peoria Friday evening.