IPFW baseball rallies for second-straight win against Purdue, 6-5

KOKOMO, Ind. (IPFW) – Redshirt-seniors Greg Kaiser and Shane Trevino each hit home runs among their respective two hits and two RBIs, to lead IPFW to a 6-5 come-from-behind win against Purdue University of the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday night at Kokomo Municipal Stadium in Kokomo.

Junior Mitchell Ley gained the pitching win in relief for the Mastodons (28-24), who won their seventh-straight game, while redshirt-junior Dru Sebastian earned the save against the Boilermakers (7-43).  IPFW will close its regular season against Western Illinois University in a three-game Summit League home series later this week, May 19-21, at Mastodon Field in Fort Wayne.

Purdue scored five runs during its first two at bats to take an early 5-0 advantage.  IPFW, however, battled back with a run in the second inning, three more runs in the third and two runs in the sixth inning for the one-run margin of victory in comeback fashion.  It was the second win against the Boilermakers in a week, as the Mastodons took a 4-3 win in West Lafayette on May 10.

In the second, Trevino (2-3, 2 RBIs) led off the at bat with a single and scored with one out via an RBI single by sophomore Zak Kellogg (1-3, RBI).  In the third, junior Jackson Boyce (1-4) opened the at bat with an opposite field double down the left field line, and scored with two outs on a run-scoring single by Kaiser (2-4, 2 RBIs).  Trevino promptly followed with a two-run home run to right center field, scoring Kaiser, as well.  It was Trevino’s 11th home run this season, good for second-best on the team.

In the sixth, Kaiser led off with his Summit League and team-leading 14th home run, a solo blast to left field to tie the game at 5-5.  The 14 home runs are also the most by a shortstop in Division I this year.  Trevino followed at the plate and was walked, and after IPFW loaded the bases with one out, redshirt-sophomore Shannon Baker (1-3, RBI) hit a sacrifice fly RBI to left field to score Trevino with what proved to be the game-winning run.

Senior Kyle Orwig started for IPFW and pitched the first 5.1 innings, scattering eight hits and five runs, four earned, with two strikeouts and five walks.  Ley (3-2) tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the mound win, yielding one hit with one strikeout and one walk.  Junior Tanner McAninch pitched a scoreless inning, allowing no hits with no strikeouts and one walk.  Sebastian (2) tossed the final scoreless inning for the Mastodons to get the save, his second this season – both against Purdue, yielding no hits with one strikeout and no walks.

Purdue was led offensively by Harry Shipley (3-4) with three hits, while Nick Dalesandro (1-5, 2 RBIs) and Jacson McGowan (1-4, 2 RBIs) each had two RBIs.  Jacob Preston (0-2) pitched 2.2 innings of middle relief in defeat, allowing one hit and two runs, both earned, with one strikeout and two walks.

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