SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Omaha baseball overcame a nine-run deficit to top the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 12-10 in game one of the road series.
The Mavericks fell behind 10-1 after six innings, before a monumental surge of eight straight runs in the seventh and three in the ninth. Overall, Omaha totaled 11 unanswered runs.
Omaha also remains perfect in league play at 10-0 and is now 18-6-1 overall, while South Dakota State falls to 14-11 and 7-3 in Summit League action.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Grant Suponchick earned his first win of the season on the mound with a pair of shutout innings, while Cal Hehnkenotched his fourth save of the season. SDSU’s Bret Barnett falls to 4-1 on the season.
At the plate, Brett Bonar recorded his third home run of the season with three RBI and two hits, while Parker Smejkalalso blasted one out of the park and notched two RBI on a hit. Thomas DeBonville and Breyden Eckhout both posted three hits apiece. Eckhout also had three RBI and a double. This also marks his fourth-straight game with at least three hits.
HEAD COACH EVAN PORTER
“The players did an outstanding job of battling. They are a special group and all credit goes to them. Late in the game, we had multiple guys step up and make big plays in big situations on the field, on the mound and at the plate. We need to keep that momentum going into tomorrow.”
INSIDE THE INNINGS
Omaha fell into the hole early on as South Dakota State opened with a solo-shot home run in the bottom of the first. The next run happened on a fielder’s choice RBI, followed by a single and a walk with the bases loaded to fall behind 4-0.
The Jackrabbits plated a run in the second and third innings on a single-RBI up the middle and another home run. The Mavericks cut the lead at 6-1 after DeBonville singled to center field that scored Bonar, but two innings later, South Dakota State plated a quartet of runs that made it 10-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs, Palensky robbed South Dakota State of its third home run for the game in the same inning as he made a spectacular catch at the fence.
Omaha showed some life in the top of the seventh after singles by Rogers and Kurmwiede scored Gamm and Lombardi to make it 10-3.
Cue Bonar, who blasted a three-run homer and cut the lead at 10-6. Next up, Smejkal continued the momentum and homered for a pair of runs to dwindle the Jackrabbit lead to just two. The next run came when Eckhout faced an 0-2 count, but was able to single up the middle for an RBI that brought home DeBonville and made it a 1-run game.
After Suponchick came in relief and pitched back-to-back shutout innings, Omaha put itself in winning position after it loaded the bases with just one out in the top of the ninth. The Mavericks went on to plate three runs on three singles in the top of the ninth to take a 12-10 lead over the Jackrabbits.
Hehnke entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and struck out three batters with just one walk allowed to maintain Omaha’s perfect Summit League record.
Omaha and South Dakota State conclude the series with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. Links and information can be found at OMavs.com.