Purdue Fort Wane and North Dakota State set out on Friday (April 5) to play a doubleheader of Summit League action at Mastodon Field. The two schools finished one game but game two was halted after nine innings due to darkness. NDSU won game one 17-8. Game two will continue on Saturday in the top of the 10th with the score tied at four.
NDSU led 7-3 after three innings. Andrew Lawvere knocked in a single run in the first and another in the third. Robert Young III singled in Garrett Mohler in the third to make the score 7-3. NDSU had four runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third to take an early lead.
The Mastodons made it a one-run game at 7-6 after scoring three in the fifth inning. The big hit was a two-RBI double by Alec Brunson. It would be as close as the ‘Dons would get as NDSU pulled away over the final three innings.
The Mastodons had 14 hits in game one. Mohler finished with three hits and two runs scored. Lawvere had three hits with a walk while scoring twice and knocking in two.
Parker Harm threw 3.2 innings for NDSU. He received the win and is 3-1. Purdue Fort Wayne starter Cameron Boyd suffered the loss and is now 0-6.
Trenton Stoner opened the scoring in the third with an RBI single that knocked in Jack Lang. Then Brunson stepped to the plate to notch his first career home run. His two-run shot to left scored Stoner and made the score 3-0.
NDSU came back with one in the fourth and two more in the fifth to knot it at three. The fourth could have been worse but Brunson threw out NDSU’s Carter Thompson at the plate trying to score on a fly ball. It stayed knotted at three till the ninth when NDSU’s Brock Anderson singled with one out to knock in Jake Malec.
With the sun setting quickly at Mastodon Field, the Purdue Fort Wayne offense went to work in the bottom of the ninth. Lang singled through the left side to put the tying run on base. Travis Upp stepped to the plate and off the bat it looked like he might have won the game. But his shot banged off the right field wall. It scored Lang to knot the game at four. Upp would move to third with one out but would be stranded there to end the ninth and force the game into suspension.
Chase Phelps allowed three runs in 5.0 innings for the ‘Dons. He will get a no-decision. Tyler Kissinger allowed just the ninth inning run to NDSU in 4.0 innings of work. Both Mastodon hurlers struck out six Bison.
The game will be concluded on Saturday.