FARGO, N.D. – Omaha baseball outlasted North Dakota State in the series opener, 3-2, Friday evening on the road.
The Mavericks scored their game-winning run on a walk with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. With the win, Omaha improves to 26-14-1 and 18-4 in league action, while NDSU falls to 13-21 and 11-11 in Summit League competition.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Payton Kinney pitched 7.1 innings with six strikeouts, two earned runs allowed, two hits and three walks allowed. Cal Hehnke (3-1) earned the win with the final 1.2 innings of work, as he struck out three. NDSU’s Parker Harm fell to 3-4 on the season in relief.
INSIDE THE INNINGS
The first run of the game fell in favor of the Bison, as they went up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a stand-up triple followed by a fielder’s choice RBI that barely beat the throw home. A single by Gamm evened the game at 1-all in the top of the fifth as he scored DeBonville who rounded third and touched the pentagon.
With one out in the top of the seventh, DeBonville crushed his fifth home run of the season and helped the Mavericks take a 2-1 lead. Omaha saw its chance to increase the lead in the top of the eighth after Matt Bondarchuk got to third and a pinch-running Tyler Daugherty got to second, but both were left stranded.
The Bison found momentum and were able to tie it once again on a single and another fielder’s choice RBI. Omaha, however, was able to keep the game tied and head into the ninth. With the bases loaded in the final inning of play, NDSU’s Harm walked Bondarchuk with two outs and a full count. That play scored DeBonville and helped the Mavericks take the series opener.
Omaha returns to action tomorrow, April 5, with the second game of the series at North Dakota State. The first pitch is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time in Fargo, N.D.