OMAHA, Neb. – In its final Summit League games of the regular season, the IPFW baseball team dropped a pair of contests to Omaha, 8-5 and 13-6.
The Mastodons, 19-31 overall and 11-13 in league play, were led by Kevin Wirth who was 6-for-9 at the plate with three runs scores. Evan VanSumeren finished the afternoon 4-for-9 and scored twice. Three IPFW players – Greg Kaiser, Carter DeBoe, and Steve Lowden – all collected three hits on the day. Kaiser, Kristian Gayday, and Lucas Salerno each drove in a pair of runs.
For the third straight game of the weekend Gayday started the Mastodon offense in the top of the first. With a full count, Gayday delivered a two-out, two-run double to left. Wirth followed with a fly ball to the right fielder that was misplayed, allowing Gayday to score.
Omaha answered in the bottom of the first, scoring four runs, all with no outs. The damage could have been worse for the ‘Dons as the Mavs left the bases loaded.
The Mavericks added two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and another in the sixth as they led 8-3.
With the ‘Dons down to their final at bat, they began to mount a comeback. IPFW got a pair of walks by Malcolm White and Lowden. Kaiser followed with a single to score White and Kendall Whitman stepped in to pinch hit, delivering an RBI single. The Mastodon rally stalled as the next two batters were retired to end the game.
Dane Davis took the loss on the mound for the Mastodons.
Omaha opened game two by again scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. The Mavs added a run in the third, five in the fifth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh.
The ‘Dons scored its first run of the game in the fifth on an RBI double by Salerno.
In the sixth, IPFW scored five consecutive runs, as the Mastodons connected on six straight singles. VanSumeren got streak going with a single up the middle as DeBoe, Wirth, Lowden, Salerno and Kaiser all followed suit with RBI hits.
Mastodon starter Steve Danielak suffered the loss, pitching 3.1 innings.
IPFW closes out its regular season at home with a three-game series against SEMO beginning on Thursday, May 15.