SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Omaha baseball team recorded its first series-opening win of the season off a 2-0 result over Savannah State Friday afternoon.
The Mavericks (4-4) produced 10 strikeouts and seven hits as a team with no errors.
LEADERS FOR OMAHA
Joey Machado notched a career-best eight strikeouts through 7.0 innings pitched and allowed five hits and one walk to improve to 1-1 on the season as the Friday starter. Cal Hehnke entered in relief and recorded his second save of the season with two strikeouts through 2.0 innings pitched. Savannah State’s Luis Torres-Lopez fell to 0-1 on the season with five strikeouts, seven hits allowed and three walks.
INSIDE THE INNINGS
Krumwiede put the Mavericks on the board as he blasted a leadoff home run over the left field fence to make it 1-0. The league’s leader in hits notched his second-career home run.
The next Omaha run wouldn’t happen until the top of the fifth. Max Gamm reached first on an error then stole second. Two batters later, Eckhout came up to the plate and singled through center field for an RBI that brought home Gamm for the 2-0 lead.
Later on in the bottom of the seventh, the Mavericks had a close call after Savannah State advanced runners to second and third with only one out, but Machado was able to retire the final batter with his career-best eighth strikeout and preserved the Mavericks lead.
Henke entered in relief for Machado in the final two innings, and allowed only one runner on base. The senior picked up the save after he struck out both batters for the first two outs in the bottom of the ninth, with the third coming on a pop up to Krumwiede.
Omaha returns to action Saturday for game two of the series against the Tigers. The first pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. (CST)