The Falcon baseball team defeated the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon, as the team snapped a nine-game losing streak with the victory.
“We got back-to-back innings where we had two out (RBI) base hits and that was the key,” Falcons head coach Danny Schmitz said. “The pitching and the defense kind of took it over from there and did a good job. We finally got a couple of two-out base hits that scored runs, so that was good.”
The first inning saw the Falcons take the lead first, as sophomore shortstop Dylan Dohanos hit a 2 RBI double to give the team a 2-0 advantage. The team then followed that up in the second inning with freshman catcher Tyler Haas delivering an RBI double to make it a 3-0 game.
The next several innings would go scoreless with the Falcons continuing to hang on to the advantage. However, Purdue Fort Wayne was able to break up the shutout bid in the eighth inning courtesy of senior shortstop Brandon Yoho getting an RBI single. But that would be all the offense that they would get as the Falcons held on to grab the 3-1 victory to win in their final nonconference game of the regular season.
“I thought today was a really solid effort by the team,” Schmitz said. “I thought our pitchers did a great job; they were pretty much all on a pitch count or innings limit and I thought they were all very aggressive and did a good job and attacked the zone.”
Falcons junior starting pitcher Damon Egnor picked up the win, giving up no earned runs on three hits and a walk over the course of two innings pitched, while Purdue Fort Wayne senior starting pitcher Shane Odzark was hit with the loss, as he went eight innings while giving up three earned runs on six hits and seven walks, as he eventually ended the game throwing a total of 153 pitches on the afternoon.
The game also saw a pair of excellent defensive plays from Falcons junior center fielder Jake Wilson, who made a long running catch near the warning track in center field, as well as a diving play in short center field later on in the game.
“Jake Wilson could play in the big leagues right now as a defensive center fielder, that’s how good he is,” Schmitz said. “We’ve been blessed in my 29 years here to have some really outstanding center fielders, and he’s right up there with the tops I’ve ever had.”
The team will next play in their final home series of the regular season on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons against the Kent State Golden Flashes.
“They’re going be one of the top teams,” Schmitz said. “We’re going to need to put all three phases together against Kent State, and it’s a big weekend with it being senior day on Sunday and Mother’s Day on top of it. I’m hoping the boys have got a little confidence going and we can come out and play a solid series starting with game one on Friday.”