FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Omaha baseball swept its weekend series over Purdue Fort Wayne with 13-2 and 4-2 victories in the Sunday doubleheader on April 21.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Matt Bondarchuk returned to the lineup and posted five singles with four runs to help the Mavericks get the win. Payton Kinney improved to 8-0 with six strikeouts and two runs allowed through 7.0 innings.
For the series finale, six different Mavericks recorded a hit led by Breyden Eckout’s fourth-inning homer. On the mound, Spencer Koelewyn improved to 4-1 on the season with seven strikeouts, one run allowed and four hits allowed. Cal Hehnke notched his fifth save of the season with four strikeouts through the final 3.0 innings.
Omaha maintains its place atop the league standings with a 24-10-1 overall record and a 16-2 mark in league action, while the Mastodons drop to 5-32 and 0-18 overall in conference action.
Omaha struck early and plated three runs in the top of the first. Brett Bonar singled through the right side and plated Bondarchuk from second. With two outs, Thomas DeBonville came up to the plate and doubled up the middle for a pair of RBI and made it 3-0. The Mavericks went ahead 4-0 on Keil Krumwiede’s sacrifice fly that scored Eckhout in the top of the second.
After two scoreless innings on both sides, Omaha extended the lead at 5-0 in the top of the fifth on a Mastodon wild pitch with the bases loaded.
The Mastodons put Omaha in a jam in the fifth after they scored on a single-RBI to right center and a fielder’s choice RBI that cut the Maverick lead to three. Omaha, however, responded with three runs in the top of the sixth. Krumwiede smacked a two-RBI single and Parker Smejkal launched a sacrifice fly that made it 8-2 Mavericks.
Three more runs in the eighth and two in the ninth closed out the game with a 13-2 victory for Omaha, as they clinched the series over the Mastodons.
After two scoreless frames on both sides, Bondarchuk got the team on the board with a single-RBI up the middle. Another single from Krumwiede plated the second run. Smejkal doubled to right field and notched the third Omaha run in the inning. The lead eventually was 4-0 Omaha as Eckhout homered for the second time this season in the top of the fourth.
That proved to be the last run for Omaha as the Mastodons plated a pair in the bottom of the fourth and the eighth on a single to right field and a groundout. The game, however, was cut short after eight innings due to darkness.
Omaha returns home for a mid-week game against Kansas State Tuesday, April 23, at 6:35 p.m. The team then plays at Seymour Smith Park for a three-game Summit League series against South Dakota State April 26-28.