Having to battle the weather at times this weekend, the Omaha baseball team overcame and continued their undefeated start to Summit League play sweeping the Western Illinois Leathernecks this past weekend.
The first game on Friday, March 29 was rained out, which meant a doubleheader would need to be played that Sunday. On Saturday, March 30 the Mavs took the series opener in an 8-2 game. Omaha Sophomore Joey Machado shined like he always does, pitching seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits, while Jackson Gordon finished the game out. Keil Krumwiede led the way with three hits on the day.
The first game of the Sunday doubleheader was a nail biter throughout. Omaha had a 2-0 lead headed into the eighth inning before Western Illinois scored three runs of their own. Ben Palensky would tie the game in the bottom of the eighth with a double, scoring Max Gamm. Matt Bondarchuk would win it in the ninth inning, singling home Jack Lombardi.
Payton Kinney, like Machado, also pitched seven scoreless innings, but Kinney only allowed one hit. Kinney has lowered his ERA to a cool 0.59. Machado’s currently sits at 3.63.
Game two of the doubleheader and the final game of the series was all UNO. A 15-5 final score completed the sweep. The game was completed in eight innings due to the 10-run rule.
From the third inning to the end of the game, the Mavericks scored at least once in every inning, with the knockout blow being a seven-run sixth inning, right after the Leathernecks scored four in the top of the inning.
Brett Bonar hit his first home run of the season and drove in seven runs. Bonar outscored Western Illinois by himself. Spencer Koelewyn started the game and pitched five innings. He didn’t give up a hit, but walked six batters causing three runs.
The Mavericks currently sit at 17-6-1, 9-0 in league play. They are in action again on Wednesday taking on in-state rivals, the Creighton Blue Jays. The weekend sees more conference action as Omaha will travel up to South Dakota to take on the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State.