FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Omaha baseball propelled itself to the sixth shutout win of the season on a 5-0 victory at Purdue Fort Wayne Friday afternoon.
Omaha (22-10-1, 14-2) improved to 4-0 this season against the Mastodons (5-30, 0-16) as Joey Machado threw 6.0 innings of shutout ball on the bump. The Friday starter has notched a 5-1 record this year, while Purdue Fort Wayne’s Cameron Boyd fell to 0-8. Machado also had five strikeouts on three walks and three hits allowed.
In relief, Jacob Mohler tossed 2.0 scoreless innings while Cal Hehnke closed the game in the last inning. Both recorded a strikeout on the day. At the plate, Max Gamm had one hit on a double and two runs. Braden Rogers, Parker Smejkal and Brett Bonar also had a hit and tallied one RBI apiece.
INSIDE THE INNINGS
The early start vaulted Omaha to a two-run lead for what proved to be the next seven innings. Gamm led off with a double and Rogers brought him home on a single-RBI that scored the first run. Keil Krumwiede followed up with a double and got to third on the throw. Cue Bonar, who launched a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Krumwiede for the 2-0 Maverick lead.
Neither team could get the offense going until the sixth. Omaha found itself in a jam as the Mastodons loaded the bases with two outs. On a 2-2 count, the Mavericks were able to get a groundout to Rogers for the putout that retired the side.
Later on in the top of the eighth, an error by Purdue Fort Wayne at second base was able to score Smejkal, from second, who was walked earlier. Up 3-0 in the ninth, Omaha extended the lead when the team loaded the bases. From there, a walk scored Breyden Eckhout from third and Gamm recorded Omaha’s final run on a Mastodon wild pitch.
Omaha aims for the series win Saturday in game two against the Mastodons. The first pitch is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (CST) start time.