FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Omaha baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Fort Wayne Friday afternoon, falling 11-2 in game one and 11-0 in seven innings in game two. The Mavericks are now 13-21 (8-6 Summit League) on the season, while the Mastodons improve to 8-24 (4-13).
GAME 1 — FORT WAYNE 11, OMAHA 2
Fort Wayne’s Brandon Phelps (4-3) tossed a complete game for the win in the opener. He allowed 10 hits on the day but held Omaha to two runs (one earned) with no walks and six strikeouts. Joey Machado (4-4) took the loss, surrendering five runs (three earned) on 14 hits with no walks and four strikeouts in his seven-inning start.
Cole Thibodeau was 2-for-3 with a double to lead Omaha at the plate. Thomas DeBonville and Max Gamm scored the Mavericks’ only runs.
Fort Wayne, which finished with 19 hits, got a 4-for-5 effort from Brady Hettinger, who scored twice and drove in three runs. Five other Mastodon hitters had multiple hits.
After falling behind 3-0, Omaha finally got on the board in the sixth. DeBonville led off the inning with an infield single, stole second and advanced on a Thibodeau sacrifice bunt, then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1. The Mavericks trimmed it to a one-run ballgame at 3-2 in the seventh, when Gamm reached by way of a Fort Wayne fielding error and later scored on Tommy Steier’s RBI groundout.
But the Mastodons came back for two runs in the home half of the frame, then exploded for six more in the eighth to put the game away.
GAME 2 — FORT WAYNE 11, OMAHA 0 (7 inn.)
Damian Helm (3-6) went the distance in the second game, limiting Omaha to four hits over 7.0 shutout innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Spencer Koelewyn (2-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks with a strikeout.
Thibodeau registered two more hits with a 2-for-3 effort and a stolen base.
Travis Upp (3-for-4), one run, three RBI) and Mike Snyder (3-for-5, three runs, two RBI) paced Fort Wayne at the plate.
The Mastodons wasted no time offensively, plating a run in the first inning and three more in the second. They added another run in the fourth and finished it off with a six-spot in the sixth.
Omaha and Fort Wayne complete their series on Saturday, April 21, with first pitch set for 2 p.m. CT in Fort Wayne, Ind.