FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Senior Brandon Soat had a walk-off RBI single to left field with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift IPFW to a dramatic 1-0 non-league baseball win past Butler University of the BIG EAST Conference Wednesday afternoon at Mastodon Field in Fort Wayne. Soat’s clutch hit scored redshirt-sophomore pinch-runner Isaiah White from second base for the host Mastodons (14-19) against the visiting Bulldogs (9-23). IPFW will play at Western Illinois University in a Summit League road series this weekend, April 15-17, beginning on Friday at 4 p.m. ET in Macomb, Illinois.
IPFW and Butler were locked into a scoreless contest through eight-plus innings, as the Mastodons used four pitchers to limit the Bulldogs to four hits, only one for extra bases. Butler used seven pitchers against IPFW, scattering seven hits, all singles … including the decisive game-winner by Soat (1-3, RBI).
In the ninth inning, redshirt-sophomore Shannon Baker (0-3) reached on a fielding error at shortstop to lead off, and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by senior Grant Wilson, who was pinch-hitting. White entered the game to pinch-run for Baker, before junior Jackson Boyce (0-3) drew a walk. Soat promptly followed and provided the late-game heroics for the victory. Senior Greg Kaiser (2-4) led the Mastodons with two hits on the day, as IPFW avenged a 4-1 setback at Butler on March 16.
Senior Kyle Orwig started for IPFW and pitched the first 4.2 scoreless innings, scattering three hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Freshman Adam Neal tossed the next 2.1 scoreless innings, yielding no hits with one strikeout and one walk. Junior Jordan Martin pitched 1.0 shutout inning, allowing no hits with one strikeout and no walks. Redshirt-junior Jake Weber (3-3) tossed the final shutout inning to earn the mound win, allowing one hit with no strikeouts and one walk.
Butler was led offensively by Drew Small (1-3) with the only extra base hit on the afternoon … a sun-aided double to center field in the first inning. Zach Barnes (2-3) pitched the final one-third of an inning for the Bulldogs in defeat, allowing one hit and one run, unearned, with no strikeouts and one walk.