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Mastodons Trampled by Bison


Photo credit: IPFW Athletic Department

Written by: Brice VanceApril 13, 2016

The IPFW baseball team was swept April 9-10 by North Dakota State  and the Mastodon’s pitching was in part to blame.

The Bison scored a total of 34 runs over the three games while the Mastodons mustered up only 12 runs during the weekend.

In the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Brandon Soat started the top of the first with a double down the left-field line making it a promising start for IPFW. Then the next three batters went down in order.

The next opportunity for the Mastodons to put runs on the board came in the fourth when Shane Trevino drew a walk. Brock Logan stepped up to the plate next and drove the ball down the left-field line and scored Trevino from first.

IPFW’s scoring for the game ended there while North Dakota State scored seven runs, four came of Mastodon starting pitcher Evan Miller.

The only IPFW hitters with multiple hits in the game were Soat with three and Kendall Whitman with two.

In game two of the doubleheader, Soat hit a deep drive over the left-field fence for his second home run and gave the Mastodons the early 1-0 lead.

Runs were hard to find for the next three innings for both teams until IPFW was up to bat the fifth inning. Shannon Baker reached on an error by the Bison shortstop and advanced to second on the play. The next batter, Zak Kellogg, hit a single down the right-field line, scored Baker from second and extended the lead to 2-0.

North Dakota State came back to tie it up in the bottom of the sixth with one single to put a runner on and another single that brought the run into score.

The bats came alive for IPFW in the top of the seventh. Baker, Kellogg and Jackson Boyce hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases for Soat.

Soat singled to left field and scored Baker from third. During the next at-bat, the runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored the fourth run of the game for the Mastodons.

Later in the inning, Evan VanSumeren doubled to right field, which scored Boyce from third. Then, Trevino added another single for the inning and scored VanSumeren from third for the 6-2 IPFW lead.

The Mastodon bats were then stifled for the rest of the game while the Bison bats picked up where they left off in the first game. They scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and eight runs in the eighth.

North Dakota State went on to win 12-6.

Soat, VanSumeren and Kellogg all had two hits in the ball game, and Jake Weber took the loss on the mound.

IPFW went into the final game of the series on Sunday searching for its first conference win in two weeks.

After three scoreless innings, the Bison put up eight runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth. The Mastodons tried to mount a comeback in the sixth when Jonathan Valenzuela-Reece hit a three-run home run that brought the score to 10-3. IPFW got two more runs in the seventh but was unable to make a dent into the Bison lead and lost 15-5.

After the three losses to the Bison, IPFW finds itself in last place in the Summit League standings and eight games behind first place Oral Roberts.

The Mastodons host a rematch with Butler on April 13. The Bulldogs took the first game 7-4 in Indianapolis. IPFW then continues its league schedule when it travels to Western Illinois for a three-game series April 15-17 with the Leathernecks.