PAPILLION, Neb. — The Omaha baseball team fell 6-5 in extra innings to Kansas State Wednesday night at Werner Park.
The Mavericks (13-23) fell behind in the top of the second after KSU (18-23) plated two runs. In the bottom of the third, Omaha loaded the bases with a trio of singles and evened the score off a Thomas DeBonville RBI-single, followed by Braden Rogers reaching first on a fielder’s choice to bring home Hunter Hughes.
The Wildcats regained the lead with a homer to right center in the fourth and eventually built a three-run lead at 5-2 off a two-RBI single in the top of the sixth. Omaha responded in the same inning and cut the deficit to one after Hughes and Cole Thibodeau walked with the bases loaded.
The score remained 5-4 through the bottom of the ninth until DeBonville once again delivered on a triple to right center. The Silverthorne, Colo., native eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Grant Suponchick to tie it at 5-5 and force the game into extra innings.
It was not until the top of the 11th inning when the game saw the next lead change. Kansas State’s Dylan Watts scored the eventual winning run from third off a wild pitch. The Mavericks had one final chance in the bottom of the inning, but the Wildcats were able to record a pair of strikeouts and a pop fly to hold on defensively and seal the game.
Both Hughes and DeBonville led the way for Omaha with a hit and an RBI apiece, while the duo of Suponchick and Cam Fowler (0-1) totaled three strikeouts each through 2.0 and 4.0 innings, respectively.
The Mavericks return to Summit League action with a three-game series at North Dakota State this weekend, April 27-29. First pitch on Friday, April 27 is set for at 6:30 p.m. in Fargo, N.D.