FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IPFW baseball team capitalized on home runs by Kristian Gayday and Carter DeBoe to defeat Butler 10-8 in the first home game of the season for the Mastodons.
Six different IPFW starters collected at least two hits, as the ‘Dons improved their record to 10-16 on the season. DeBoe led the Mastodons going 3-for-5 at the plate, a double shy of the cycle, with five RBI. Steve Lowden went 2-for-2 with two walks while Gayday and Shane Trevino were both 2-for-4 on the day. Tyler Shepherd and Evan VanSumeren both went 2-for-5 at the dish on the afternoon.
Gayday got things going for the Mastodons, hitting his team-leading ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field wall, giving IPFW the early 2-0 lead.
Butler took the lead in the third inning, scoring three runs before adding another run in the fourth.
In the fifth, DeBoe gave the ‘Dons the lead for good, hitting a moon shot over the right field wall, giving IPFW back the lead 5-4.
The Mastodons broke the game open in the sixth, scoring five runs, all with one out. Lowden drew a walk and Malcolm White singled to center to get the ‘Dons going. Shepherd followed with a double down the left field line, scoring a run. VanSumeren greeted the new Bulldog pitcher with an RBI single to left. DeBoe cleared the bases with a two-run triple to the right center gap and Trevino capped off the inning with an RBI groundout.
The Bulldogs made things interesting, scoring three runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth until Kyle Sorensen slammed the door closed, securing his second save of the season.
Brandon Phelps earned his first win of the season, pitching two hitless innings in relief.
IPFW returns to Summit League action on April 5 when the Mastodons travel to Omaha for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. (ET).