FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IPFW baseball team won its suspended game from the previous night against Western Illinois on a walk-off double by Kevin Wirth to give the Mastodons a 9-8 win. The ‘Dons then dropped the final two games of the series to the Leathernecks 21-14 and 11-9.
In the opener, the two teams combined for 35 runs on 36 hits. Western Illinois scored all of its runs in the first five innings, including nine runs in the fourth.
IPFW got on the board in the second inning, scoring a pair of runs on the first home run of the season by Caleb Fenimore.
In the fourth, Steve Lowden followed with a two-run home run of his own to left center. The ‘Dons added runs in the inning on a three-run double by Kendall Whitman while Wirth brought home a run when he was hit by a pitch.
The Mastodons scored six times in the bottom of the fifth, coming on doubles by Brandon Soat, Shane Trevino, Lowden, and a single by Jon Timmermen.
Nate White took the loss on the mound, pitching two innings. Evan VanSumeren made his first appearance this season on the mound for the ‘Dons, pitching two scoreless inning and striking out two batters.
WIU opening game two scoring one run in the first and four more in the second.
IPFW closed the gap in the fourth, scoring four runs in the inning. Carter DeBoe got things started for the Mastodons with a double down the line as Soat scored on a throwing error by the Leathernecks. Trevino followed with a two-run home run to center, his second of the season. Whitman added a two-out, RBI single that scored Wirth.
After Western Illinois plated three runs in the top of the fifth, IPFW responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning and two more in the sixth. Wirth drove in both runs, scoring Soat on a single in the fifth, and DeBoe and Malcolm White on another single to pull the ‘Dons to within one.
WIU responded in the seventh with three runs in the top half of the inning to increase its lead.
The Mastodons did their best to close the gap in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a run on a pinch hit single by Kristian Gayday and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Soat. The tying run in DeBoe reached on a single, but the final batter went down swinging to end the game.
Steve Danielak suffered the loss for IPFW, pitching four innings with two strikeouts.
On the day Whitman led the Mastodons at the plate going 5-for-6 with four RBI and three runs. Lowden and White each collected four hits on the day. Wirth, DeBoe, Soat, and Trevino all finished with three hits; Wirth and Lowden each drove in four runs.
IPFW returns to action to host a four-game series with South Dakota State beginning April 18 at 3 p.m.