FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A pair of RBI singles from Evan VanSumeren and Shannon Baker in the bottom of the second inning helped the IPFW baseball team clinch a spot in the Summit League Tournament, with a 2-0 victory over Western Illinois University Friday afternoon at Mastodon Field in Fort Wayne. Trevor Storie gained the pitching win for the host Mastodons (30-24, 13-16 Summit League), who won their ninth-consecutive game, over the visiting Leathernecks (14-35, 11-18 Summit League), while Jake Weber earned the save. IPFW celebrates Senior Day prior to the two teams playing the finale of the three-game weekend series on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in Fort Wayne.
After the Mastodons scored two runs in the second, both IPFW and Western Illinois were held scoreless through the final seven innings, as the ‘Dons used three pitchers to limit the Leathernecks to six hits, only one for extra bases. Western Illinois’ starting pitcher Matthew Sturchio threw a complete game against IPFW, scattering five hits, one of which went for extra bases.
In the second inning, Shane Trevino (1-3) led off by reaching on a single to right field, and Brock Logan (0-2) followed with a walk, before both players advanced a base on a wild pitch. VanSumeren (1-3, RBI) stepped in and singled through the right side, scoring Trevino. Two outs later, Baker (1-2, RBI) delivered a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Logan from third.
Storie (7-5) started for IPFW and pitched the first seven scoreless inning to pick up the victory, scattering four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Jordan Martin tossed a scoreless inning of relief, yielding one hit, with no strikeouts and no walks. Jake Weber (10) tossed the final shutout inning to earn his 10th save of the season, allowing one hit with one strikeout and no walks.
Western Illinois was led offensively by Nathan Pollock (2-3) on the afternoon. Sturchio (0-3) pitched his first complete game in defeat, allowing five hits and two earned runs, with five strikeouts and two walks.