FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IPFW baseball squad dropped a pair of games to SEMO, as the Mastodons fell 6-3 and 9-7.
Malcolm White led IPFW on the day going 3-for-7 with four RBI, all of which came in the second game. Evan VanSumeren, Kendall Whitman, and Kristian Gayday all collected a pair of hits on the afternoon. Greg Kaiser led the ‘Dons with three runs scored.
The Redhawks jumped out early in game one, scoring a run in the first, third and sixth innings to take a 3-0 lead.
Gayday answered in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run to left field. The homer was Gayday’s 12th of the season, moving him into third place in IPFW’s single season record book.
The Mastodons tied the game in the bottom of the seventh as Kaiser scored on an RBI groundout by Brandon Soat. Kaiser had reached on a SEMO error to begin the inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then third on a wild pitch.
The Redhawks scored the game-winner in the eighth on a two-out single before adding two insurance runs in the ninth.
IPFW starter Ryan Wells pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out seven batters. Zach Mishler took the loss in relief, allowing three runs in three innings of work.
The ‘Dons scored first in game two, notching four runs in the third inning. IPFW loaded the bases after a leadoff walk by Kaiser, a single by Kendall Whitman and a bunt single from VanSumeren. White was hit by a pitch, but the plate umpire made him stay in the box; he then delivered on a two-run single. With two outs in the inning and runners on second and third, Shane Trevino knocked in both runs on a single.
SEMO answered by scoring three runs in the fifth, all with two outs, before tying the game in the seventh on a groundout.
The Redhawks took their first lead of the game in the eighth, scoring a pair of runs.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Mastodons fought back to take the lead. A one-out single by Steven Lowden and a double by Kaiser put runners on second and third. Lowden scored on a groundout by Whitman. SEMO brought in a new pitcher, and White greeted him by giving the Mastodons the lead on a single to the left center gap, bringing home Kaiser and VanSumerern.
The ‘Dons needed three outs in the top of the ninth, but the Redhawks scored three runs in the inning as IPFW was unable to mount a ninth inning comeback of its own.
Cody O’Neal suffered the loss for the Mastodons in relief.
IPFW closes on the regular season with the final game of its series with SEMO for Senior Day beginning at 1 p.m.