A furious comeback bid by the North Dakota State baseball team (15-20, 6-9 Summit) fell short as the Fort Wayne Mastodons (17-26, 9-8 Summit) held on for an 11-10 win in game one of a scheduled four-game Summit League series Friday, May 2, at Mastodon Field.
Trailing 10-8 entering the top of the ninth inning, Jon Hechtnerworked a two-out walk and Wes Satzingerfollowed with a two-run home run to left field to knot the game at 10. It was Satzinger's second homer of the season and only the third home run for NDSU baseball in 2014.
The Mastodons responded in the bottom of the ninth, though. Greg Kaiser began the inning with a single to shortstop before stealing second with one out and Kendall Whitman grounded out to first base, allowing Kaiser to move to third. On the next at bat, Kaiser was able to cross home plate and win the game for IPFW after an NDSU throwing error.
Nick Altavilla went 2-for-5 at the plate with three RBI to lead the Bison offense while Hechtner and Satzinger each drove in two runs.
Sean Terressuffered the setback on the mound for the Bison after throwing 0.2 innings and allowing one hit and striking out one, to fall to 1-2 on the season.
Kristian Gayday went hit 3-for-4 with four RBI and a home run to lead the Fort Wayne offense.
The Mastodon's Connor Lawhead picked up the win to move to 3-4 overall.
The Bison trailed Fort Wayne, 9-4, entering the top of the seventh inning and were able to plate four runs to cut the IPFW lead down to a single run. Ben Peterson and Tim Colwellboth drew bases loaded walks and Hechtner hit a two RBI single to left field to give NDSU four runs in the inning and trim the Mastodon advantage to 9-8.
With the loss, the Bison fall to 15-20 overall and 6-9 in Summit League play while the Mastodons move to 17-26 overall and 9-8 in league action.
NDSU is scheduled to take on Fort Wayne at noon ET (11 a.m. CT) Saturday, May 3, in a league doubleheader at Mastodon Field before concluding the four-game series with a single game at noon ET (11 a.m. CT) on Sunday, May 4.