FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Fort Wayne was able to salvage a 7-3 victory on a rain filled, overcast Sunday afternoon (Apr. 28) in the series finale between the Mastodons and the Leathernecks.
Leatherneck starting pitcher Tyler Willman (0-5) had a career day in the loss. The righty struck out 11 Mastodon hitters, which is a new career high for the sophomore and the most strikeouts for a Western pitcher this season.
Fort Wayne scored the first two runs of the game and had a 2-0 lead through the first four innings. The Mastodons put one across in the bottom of the first and another in the fourth after Kristian Gayday hit a solo home run.
Western battled back scoring two runs of their own in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 2-2. In the fifth, Zack Burling scored from first after Dan Dispensa hit an RBI double up the middle. Neil DeCook doubled for the Leathernecks in the sixth inning and crossed the plate on a Tanner Glore RBI single.
The Mastodons would retake the lead in the seventh inning for good after scoring three runs off of three hits. Western scored their final run of the contest in the top of the eighth-inning after Glore had another RBI single that scored Mark Garton.
Two more runs for Fort Wayne in the bottom of the eighth gave the Mastodons a 7-3 lead, which would be the final score. Steve Danielak (5-3) picked up the win for IPFW in the game after throwing seven innings with four strikeouts.
Jameson Henning, Glore and DeCook all finished the game with two hits apiece, respectively. Western is now 13-26 overall this season and 4-8 in Summit League Conference play.
The Purple & Gold will be off until next weekend when they play host to conference foe South Dakota State in a four-game home series at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. Game one of the series will be next Friday (May. 3) at 3 p.m.