OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha baseball team outlasted Western Illinois 15-13 in the series finale to clinch the series sweep over the Leathernecks on Sunday afternoon at Tal Anderson Field.
The win moves the Mavericks to 18-16 (10-5 Summit League) while Western Illinois drops to 9-23 (5-14).
How it Happened
- Western Illinois grabbed an early lead with a two-run homer in the first before Omaha responded with Mike Boeve’s RBI single that scored Masen Prososki.
- The Leathernecks added a second two-run home run in the second to stretch the lead to 4-1.
- Chris Esposito launched his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the third which cut the deficit to 4-2.
- WIU plated a pair of runs on three hits and an Omaha error in the top of the fourth to extend the advantage to four, 6-2.
- Brett Bonar singled to center before Eduardo Rosario lifted a 1-1 pitch off the top of the wall in left for his first home run as a Maverick.
- Prososki opened the bottom of the fifth with a bunt single before coming around to score on Parker Smejkal’s infield RBI single to cut the WIU lead to one.
- An RBI single and an errant relay throw by the Mavericks allowed the Leathernecks to build the lead back up to three in the top of the sixth, 8-5.
- Omaha drew four consecutive walks with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to snag a 9-8 lead over WIU.
- The Leathernecks answered with four runs on four hits in the top of the seventh to take back the lead with a 12-9 advantage.
- Grant Goldston began the bottom of the seventh with a walk, followed by Harrison Denk’s two-run homer to right center.
- Prososki doubled and Esposito drew a walk before coming home on Keil Krumwiede’s two-RBI single allowed the Maverick to take a 13-12 lead.
- Omaha added to the lead when Bonar’s two-RBI ground-rule double plated Smejkal and Krumwiede in the bottom of the seventh.
- With runners on first and third in the top of the eighth, Omaha turned a 4-6-3 double play while WIU’s runner on third scored their final run of the game.
- Jacob Mohler drew three groundouts in the top of the ninth to clinch the 15-13 victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Every Maverick in the batting lineup had at least one run and one hit in Sunday’s win.
- Rosario had three hits and Prososki scored three runs while Krumwiede posted a team-high three RBI.
- Denk, Prososki, Krumwiede and Bonar tallied two hits apiece.
- Mark Timmins, Josiah Scott and Jayden Maifeld combined to cover the first six innings on the mound for the Mavericks. Each of the trio threw two innings.
- Breyden Eckhout and Tanner Howe teamed up to throw the next two innings with Howe earning the win to move to 2-1 on the season.
- Mohler shut down the Leathernecks in the top of the ninth to record his third save of the season.
Omaha continues Summit League play next week as the Mavericks venture to Fargo, N.D., for a four-game series at North Dakota State on Friday-Sunday, May 7-9. Friday’s doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m. while first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.