OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha baseball program notched a pair of wins in the Sunday tilt and completed the series sweep over North Dakota State at Millard North High School.
After last night’s 7-6 win in 13 innings, the Mavericks won the first game of the doubleheader 3-0, and followed up with a 4-1 result in the second game. Omaha extended its winning streak to seven at 11-5-1 and 3-0 in league action, while NDSU drops to 2-11 and 0-3 in league play.
Payton Kinney extended his shutout-inning streak to 25 straight as he tossed a career-high 11 strikeouts through 8.0 innings with one hit and three walks allowed. Both Ben Palensky and Keil Krumwiede notched doubles and an RBI apiece.
Back-to-back single RBI by Krumwiede and Grant Suponchick plated the first two runs. Palensky then followed up with a two-bagger to left center that bounced off the wall and scored Suponchick for the third run.
The Mavericks put runners on second and third after Braden Rogers singled and Breyden Eckhout doubled when the ball bounced off second base and went into center. The duo was left on base, however, as Omaha still had a 3-0 lead.
NDSU led off with a shot to left field, but Jack Lombardi squandered the homer with a run-robbing catch at the wall.
With the 3-0 lead preserved through the remaining four innings, Jackson Gordon came in relief for the final inning and secured his second save of the season with just one hit allowed to help the Mavericks win the series.
Omaha secured the series sweep with a 4-1 win over the Bison. Spencer Koelewyn also had a career-high with eight strikeouts through 5.0 innings on the mound, while Andrew Brighton notched his first save of the season. Krumwiede went 2-for-4 in the second game with two runs.
The Mavericks plated the first run on a Palensky sacrifice fly that scored Krumwiede from third.
Omaha loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth and scored its second run after Rogers was walked for an RBI. A sacrifice fly from Josiah Scott scored the next Maverick run and made it 3-0.
NDSU got on the board in the top of the seventh. A single to left field plated the runner from second and cut the Maverick lead to two.
The Mavericks continue the home slate with a three-game series against Purdue Fort Wayne next weekend, March 22-24. The Summit League series is scheduled to take place at Seymour Smith Park. For more information, visit OMavs.com.