WESTFIELD, Ind. – Although the IPFW baseball team wasn’t on its home field, the Mastodons swept North Dakota State in the Summit League opener for both teams, 8-2 and 3-2.
Greg Kaiser led the IPFW offense at the plate going 4-7 on the day, including two triples, and driving in five runs. Shane Trevino and Carter DeBoe each collected three hits while Trevino had two RBI. Kendall Whitman, Kevin Wirth, and Kristian Gayday all added a pair of hits.
In the opener, IPFW jumped on the Bison in the first inning, scoring four runs, all with two outs. DeBoe got it started with a single and Trevino knocked him in with a double down the left field line. After Gayday and Wirth walked, Kaiser cleared the bases with a triple to the left center gap.
In the third inning, Kaiser again delivered for the ‘Dons with another triple to left center, scoring Wirth from first.
IPFW added two more runs in the fifth, the first coming on a North Dakota State error with the bases loaded. Tyler Shepherd drove in another Mastodon run on an RBI groundout that scored Wirth.
The lone NDSU runs came in the sixth on a one-out, two-run single.
The ‘Dons tacked on their final run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Kaiser that brought home DeBoe from third.
Ryan Wells picked up his first win of the season on the mound, allowing two runs over 6.0 innings, and tying a season-high with seven strikeouts.
The nightcap saw IPFW again jump out to the early lead. In the bottom of the first, the ‘Dons scored a run on an RBI single by Trevino and added another in the second on an RBI groundout by Shepherd.
The Bison tied the game in the sixth on a two-run home run to right field, but IPFW would score the winning run in the bottom half of the sixth. With runners on first and second, Wirth laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw by the Bison fielder went wide of the first baseman, allowing Trevion to score from second.
Starter Dane Davis earned his first win of the year, pitching 6.0 innings and surrendering two runs on four hits while striking out four. Zach Mishler earned his first save of the year, pitching two scoreless innings of relief, scattering two hits.
The ‘Dons will play Holy Cross College Sunday in South Bend. The doubleheader was orginally scheduled to take place at IPFW.