OMAHA, Neb. – The IPFW baseball team remained perfect in Summit League play as the Mastodons went into Omaha and swept the Mavericks 4-3 and 10-6.
For IPFW (12-16/4-0), 10 different players collected a hit on the day, six of whom had a multi-hit day. Greg Kaiser, Carter DeBoe, and Brandon Soat all finished with four hits. Kaiser had a pair of home runs on the day to go along with a team-best five RBI. Shane Trevino and Tyler Shepherd each had three hits on the afternoon.
Game one saw the Mastodons fall behind early as Omaha scored a run in the bottom of the first after a leadoff walk.
IPFW got on the scoreboard in the third as DeBoe led off the inning with a double. After an RBI single by Trevino, Kaiser brought him home on a sacrifice fly to center field to take the lead.
Omaha regained the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring two unearned runs.
In the sixth, Kaiser lunched his seventh home run of the season on the first pitch he saw, tying the game. Evan VanSumeren drew a one out walk as Steve Lowden followed with a double. Soat drove home the eventual game-winner on a groundout to second.
Conner Lawhead came on to pitch the final 1.2 innings and record his third save of the season. Ryan Wells earned his second straight victory, allowing three runs, one earned, in 5.1 innings of work while striking out six.
IPFW jump out to the early lead in game two, scoring a run in each of the first two innings. In the top of the first, Soat singled with one out. After a Mavs error and a single by Trevino, Kristian Gayday drove home Soat on a sacrifice fly to left field. With one out in the second inning, Kaiser tripled to center and came home on an Omaha wild pitch.
In his next at bat in the fourth, Kaiser delivered his second home run of the day, a solo shot to left field.
The ‘Dons added four more runs in the fifth inning. DeBoe started it for IPFW with an RBI triple to the right center gap. Gayday followed with an RBI single and Kaiser closed out the inning with a two-run single.
Omaha countered with its first runs of the game on a two-run single in the bottom of the inning.
The Mastodons tacked on a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Trevino and the Mavs added one of their own in the inning on a sacrifice fly.
In the seventh, Omaha pulled the score to 8-5 on a two-run home run by Mark Handberg.
Back-to-Back hits by Shepherd and Soat to start the eighth led to an RBI double by DeBoe. The Mastodons loaded the bases on a walk and one out later Soat scrambled home on a Mavs wild pitch.
Omaha scored a run in the bottom of the eighth and had runners on second and third, but Lawhead came in to shut the door and then sit down the Mavericks in order in the ninth for his second save of the day.
Brandon Phelps earned his second win of the season, pitching 3.0 innings of relief.
IPFW won’t have time to savor the sweep as the Mastodons get right back to work traveling to South Dakota State for a doubleheader tomorrow, April 6, beginning at 2 p.m. (ET).