By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne’s baseball team played a three game weekend series from Friday to Saturday against Milwaukee. The mastodons picked up a win in the first game but lost the next two.
PFW started the series off strong in the first game as they scored three runs in the 1st inning. Milwaukee cut into PFW’s lead in the 2nd inning as they scored their first run. PFW added one more run in the 4th to make the score 4-1.
Milwaukee stepped it up in the 5th inning as they scored three runs tying the game 4-4. PFW rebounded from this and scored three runs of their own in the 6th and held the 7-4 lead the rest of the game.
Mac Ayers picked up the win for PFW and Justin Miller collected his third save of the season. Ayers is 2-1 on the year and Miller collected his 200th career strikeout.
Braedon Blackford was PFW’s best batter as he went 2/4, scored two runs and added two RBIs.
The second game of the series was supposed to be played as a double header on Friday, but due to rain it became part of a Saturday double header.
This game ended in a 6-7 loss for PFW as they fell just short of a comeback in the 9th inning.
Milwaukee got on the board first in the 2nd inning where they scored one run. PFW matched them in the 3rd inning.
Milwaukee took a big lead in the 4th inning as they scored four more runs. Milwaukee added one more run to their lead setting the score at 6-1 at the top of the 7th. In the bottom of the 7th PFW cut into the lead as they scored three runs setting the score to 6-4 for Milwaukee.
In the 9th inning Milwaukee added their seventh and final run. PFW was able to get close as they scored two final runs but this was not enough with the game ending 7-6.
Jacob Myer took the loss for PFW. He is now 0-4 on the season.
Blackford was agin PFW’s best batter as he went 3/5 from the plate with one of his hits being a home run, scored two runs and sent home four RBIs.
The final game of the series was the worst for PFW as they lost 8-15.
Milwaukee scored in every inning except the 1st and the 8th. They scored two in the 2nd, six in the 3rd, two in the 4th, one in the 5th, one in the 6th, two in the 7th and one final run in the 9th.
PFW only scored in the 5th and 8th innings where they scored four runs each.
Owen Willard took the loss for PFW. He is 0-3 on the season.
Blackford was the best batter for PFW yet again as he went 2/4, scored one run, sent home two RBIs and reached base on a walk.
Following series loss PFW now sits at 9-28 on the season.
The Mastodons next time out will be Wednesday as they play a single game against Michigan State.