FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Nebraska at Omaha pitching staff held IPFW scoreless over 16 innings Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader, 2-0 and 9-0, at Mastodon Field.
Maverick starting pitchers Matt Tew and Steven Schoonover each recorded career highs in strikeouts, limiting Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne to a combined 13 hits over the two games.
In the seven-inning first game, Tew struck out nine over six innings. He scattered six singles and walked two. Derek Landis picked up the save, getting the final out of the contest after Omaha Bryan product Dylan Casey got the first two of the seventh.
The Mavs (18-19, 12-3 Summit) managed just five hits, with Ryan Keele and Clayton Taylor picking up an RBI each on doubles. First baseman Cory Buckley tripled and scored a run.
The two runs, which came in the second and third innings, proved to be enough for the UNO pitching staff. Taylor’s second inning double down the right-field line scored Tyler Splichal, and Keele’s scored Buckley an inning later.
IPFW’s Chuck Weaver pitched a complete game but fell to 2-4. The senior uncorked two wild pitches to bring his season count to 14.
Schoonover was strong on the mound for the Mavs in game two. The left-handed junior from Olympia, Wash., went all nine innings, striking out four. He surrendered six hits but got a heavy dose of run support from the UNO batters.
The Mavericks tallied 16 hits, 11 against Mastodons starter Brandon Pease.
Keele led the way, going 5 for 5 with three RBIs. The senior from Bellevue East product upped his batting average to .342 this season, which is good for third on the team.
Buckley, UNO’s batting leader at .413 in 80 at-bats, went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and one driven in. He is hitting .481 in Summit League play.
The game opened with a run for the Mavs when Splichal drove in junior Brett Bass in the top of the first inning. The 1-0 lead was all UNO would need, but it scored in all but three of the following eight innings.
Keele finished off the scoring in the eighth inning when he plated Alex Mortensen, who went 3 for 3. The RBI single was Keele’s 18th RBI of the season. Mortensen, Connor Messinger and Caleb Palensky lead the team with 19 RBIs apiece.
The Mavs go for a 3-1 series win with an 11 a.m. start on Sunday.