FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IPFW baseball team scored a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mastodons an 11-10 victory over Summit League foe North Dakota State.
After the Bison had tied the game in the top of the ninth, IPFW (17-26/9-8) won it as Greg Kaiser scrambled home on an errant throw by the NDSU catcher, giving the ‘Dons their second walk-off win of the season.
Malcolm White led IPFW on the day, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Kristian Gayday went 3-for-4 with four RBI while Brandon Soat also collected three hits. Greg Kaiser, Shane Trevino, and Carter DeBoe all finished with a pair of hits as Trevino also drove in three runs.
Things didn’t start off well for the Mastodons as NDSU put up three runs in the top of the first, all coming on a double by Nick Altavilla.
In the bottom half of the first, IPFW got two of those runs back on a sacrifice fly by Trevino and a two-out RBI single by Gayday.
The Bison added a run in the top of the third, but the Mastodons answered in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. White and Soat led off the inning with back-to-back hits. One out later Trevino brought home White on a single to left. After a single by Gayday loaded the bases, Steve Lowden drove in another run on a sacrifice fly.
IPFW took the lead in the fifth, as Gayday delivered his team leading 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot to left center.
The Mastodons plated two more runs in the sixth as White and Soat again led off the inning with back-to-back singles. One out later Trevino singled up the middle to bring home a run, and after a walk loaded the bases, Lowden delivered his second sacrifice fly of the game.
NDSU fought back in the seventh, scoring four runs, two of which came with two outs.
The ‘Dons scored a run back in the bottom of the seventh as White singled home a run.
Leading by two in the ninth inning, IPFW was unable to hold onto the lead as Wes Satzinger tied the game on a two out, two-run home run.
In the bottom of the ninth, Kaiser led off the inning with an infield single, stole second, and advanced to third on a groundout by Kendall Whitman. With White at the plate, NDSU pitcher Sean Terres deliver a pitch into the dirt, a snap throw to third by the Bison catcher sailed over the third baseman, allowing Kaiser to scramble home and give the ‘Dons the victory.
Conner Lawhead picked up his team-leading third win of the season, pitching an inning of relief.
The two teams will meet for a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday, May 3.