Baseball Splits Day Two With Western Illinois
April 26, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
GAME 1: BOX SCORE | BOX SCORE (.pdf) | BOX SCORE (.htm)
GAME 2: BOX SCORE | BOX SCORE (.pdf) | BOX SCORE (.htm)
MACOMB, Ill. - The IPFW baseball team came from behind in game one of its series finale with Western Illinois to win 7-6 in 10 innings but fell in game two 9-2.
Steve Lowden led the Mastodons at the plate, going 4-for-8 with two runs and an RBI. Carter DeBoe, Lucas Salerno, and Greg Kaiser all collected a pair of hits. Malcolm White led the 'Dons with three RBI while Kaiser drove in two runs.
The Mastodons had to play from behind in game one as Western Illinois scored four runs in the bottom of the first to jump out to the early lead.
IPFW began to makes its comeback in the third, scoring a pair of runs on sacrifice flies by White and Tyler Shepherd.
In the fifth, the 'Dons tacked on another run off an RBI single by White, but the Leathernecks answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Mastodons cut the WIU lead to one, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth inning. With one out, Lowden singled to bring home Kaiser. Later in the inning with the bases loaded and two outs, White was hit by a pitch to score Salerno.
In the seventh, the 'Dons played small ball to score the tying run. Leadoff batter Shane Trevino was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a Leatherneck balk. A fly out by Kevin Wirth moved Trevino to third, and then scored on a groundout by Kaiser.
After neither team scored in the eighth or ninth, the Mastodons came up with the game-winner in the 10th inning as Lowden scored on a bases loaded double play.
Ryan Wells came on to record his first career save, retiring WIU in order in the 10th. Zach Mishler picked up his second win of the season, pitching 2.1 innings of relief and allowing only one hit.
Game two was a tough one for the Mastodons, finding themselves in a 7-0 hole after three innings.
IPFW scored its lone runs of the game in the fourth inning, as the first two batters of the inning reached base. With one out, Kaiser delivered a single through the left side, scoring Brandon Soat. The 'Dons final run of the game came on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kevin Wirth which allowed DeBoe to score.
WIU added runs in the fourth and sixth innings as the Mastodons were unable to rekindle the comeback magic of game one.
Wells started game two, suffering the loss, allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings.
IPFW returns to action for a four-game series with North Dakota State at Mastodon field beginning Friday, May 2 at 3 p.m.