The Mastodons swept a baseball doubleheader from Omaha on Friday (April 20) afternoon at Mastodon Field. Fort Wayne won game one 11-2 and game two 11-0 in seven innings. Both Fort Wayne starters went the distance for the ‘Dons. Travis Upp knocked in five runs on the day.
Game One – Fort Wayne 11, Omaha 2
The Fort Wayne offense notched 19 hits in the opener. However most of the runs crossed in Fort Wayne’s final two times at the plate. It was a 3-2 game in the bottom of the seventh when Fort Wayne added a pair of insurance runs. Brady Hettinger and Upp each recorded an RBI in the frame to make the score 5-2.
The ‘Dons blew the game open in the eighth. Fort Wayne took advantage of an Omaha error to score six unearned runs. Shannon Baker knocked in two runs on a single and Brady Hettinger tripled to knock in two more. Upp and Dylan Wilbert had the other two RBIs in the frame for the ‘Dons.
The 11 runs were more than enough for starter Brandon Phelps. The senior went all nine innings, allowing two runs (one earned) with six strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. It is the Snider High School graduate’s first career complete game.
Phelps is now 4-3. Omaha starter Joey Machado took the loss, going seven innings. He is now 4-4.
Seven ‘Dons had multiple hits. Hettinger totaled four hits and three RBIs. Baker totaled three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Game Two – Fort Wayne 11, Omaha 0 (7 innings)
Game two was more solid starting pitching for Fort Wayne. Damian Helm went all seven innings, allowing no runs on four hits in the process. He fanned three Mavericks. Helm moved to 3-6 with the victory. It is Helm’s first career complete game.
Omaha starter Spencer Koelewyn was chased after 1.1 innings. He is now 2-4. He surrendered one run to the ‘Dons in the first and then three in the second inning.
Much like game one, it was a six-run inning that was the difference. Fort Wayne scored six times in the sixth to go up 11-0. A 1-2-3 top of the seventh for Omaha ended the game by run rule.
Upp and Mike Snyder each had three hits in the game. Snyder scored three times and Upp knocked in three runs. Baker walked twice, scored once, knocked in a run and had a hit.
Omaha falls to 13-21 (8-6 Summit League). Fort Wayne improves to 8-24 (4-14 Summit League).
Fort Wayne will look for a series sweep on Saturday (April 21) afternoon. The ‘Dons and Mavericks will play at 3 p.m. or following the conclusion of the softball doubleheader.