The baseball series started Friday afternoon, April 27, 2012. The IPFW Mastodons were looking to stomp on the Bisons last weekend as they played North Dakota State.
It started out a bright sunny day on the IPFW field, but the Bisons quickly took charge by scoring 3 runs in the top of the first inning. IPFW stomped back scoring with 1 run.
Dons took the lead 4-3 after scoring 3 runs in the third.
North Dakota State came back with two runs in the top of the fourth and three more in the top of the fifth.
The game ended with the Dons and the Bisons each having nine hits.
North Dakota stayed on top of the Summit League with a final score of 8-4 for the first game of a four game series.
After the game I spoke briefly with 2010 Elmhurst grad, Kristian Gayday.
Gayday played shortstop on the final baseball team at Elmhurst before the school closed two years ago. He led the Trojans to an 18-7 record and the first Sectional Championship in eight years. He was named All-SAC second team before he came to play for IPFW, as well as All-Area.
"Errors is what hurt us," the IPFW sophomore remarked. "Seven for the day."
"We struggled defensively, but we'll do better tomorrow in the doubleheader."
"How has your game performance been this season?" reporter from The Waynedale News inquired.
Gayday, who bats right-handed, said that he had a 12-game hitting streak coming off that game.
These two teams faced off again in a doubleheader at Mastodon Field the next day.
IPFW dropped to 12-31 overall after losing two games to the North Dakota State Bison that afternoon. NDSU won game one 11-4 and turned around to take game two 6-0.
Game four of the series proved to be a positive as the IPFW baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to break a 3-3 tie giving them their 13th win of the season over the North Dakota State Bison.
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North Dakota State scored the first run of the game on an IPFW error. The run was unearned, yet the Bison led 1-0, until the bottom of the fourth inning. Boss hit a one-out single to the left side of the field and went on to score after Shane Trevino's third triple of the season. Trevino hit the ball over the right fielder's head and would go on to score the second run of the inning off a Kristian Gayday single.
Daren Boss came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded. The defense was playing in and Boss hit a ground ball to the shortstop. Max Casper fielded the ball clean, but Clay Hathaway got a great jump and scored the game winning run pushing the 'Dons Summit League record to 5-11.
The Dons defeated the Bisons at home by a final score of 4 runs to 3. IPFW now 13-31 improved its record with help from sophomore Kristian Gayday.
IPFW will look to build a winning-streak as they travel this weekend for a four-game series against Western Illinois. The Mastodons are currently one spot in front of Western Illinois in the Summit League standings. Game one of the series will be played on Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.
After work on Tuesday, May 8 you may want to take in some ice cold brews and spring sunshine at Parkview Field where you will feel the rumble as IPFW plays their next home game against the hottest ranked team of college baseball-the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue is having a stellar season 34-7. Boilermakers keep moving up in the weekly national rankings-currently Perfect Game USA-No. 7, USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll-No. 11 and Baseball America-No. 13. First pitch is scheduled for 6pm.