SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Omaha baseball team ended its three-game series against Savannah State with a 3-3 tie after 11 innings Sunday due to NCAA travel curfew rules.
-The tie marked Omaha’s first in the Division I era and the first since 2001, where that Maverick team tied Metro State 4-4 on the exact date as today, March 3.
-This is only the third tie in program history through 72 years of baseball.
-The other tie happened on March 18, 2000, with a 4-4 result against Emporia State.
– All three ties have happened in the month of March.
– Omaha ends the series 1-1-1 against Savannah State all-time.
Both Ben Palensky and Grant Suponchick went 1-for-1 with an RBI, while Breyden Eckhout recorded the final run for the Mavericks going 1-for-3 from the plate. Thomas DeBonville has a team-best two hits on five at-bats.
On the mound, Spencer Koelewyn pitched 5.0 innings and allowed no runs, four walks and three hits with five strikeouts.
Savannah State’s Ian Concevitch pitched 8.2 innings with eight strikeouts, five walks and two earned runs allowed.
INSIDE THE INNINGS
Omaha got on the board first in the top of the fifth after Eckhout singled to right field and scored Josh Scribner. One inning later, Savannah State evened it at 1-1 off a sacrifice fly.
Later on in the top of the ninth, Suponchick came in as a pinch hitter and scored Krumwiede to put Omaha up 2-1. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Savannah State was able to answer for the second-straight game and force extra innings off a double.
The next run wouldn’t happen until the top of the 11th, when Palensky launched a single with two outs that brought home Braden Rogers from third. Savannah State, however, responded later in the bottom of the inning off an unearned run from a sacrifice fly and ended the game at 3-3.
With the mid-week game against Nebraska cancelled, Omaha looks ahead for a three-game series at Santa Clara. The games are scheduled for March 8-10, in Santa Clara, Calif.