EMERSON, Ga. — Payton Kinney dealt Ohio a no-hitter Sunday morning, as the Omaha baseball team shut out the Bobcats 4-0 to close a weekend series at Perfect Game Park at LakePoint.
A senior from Firth, Neb., Kinney was dominant all day, striking out nine to pick up his first win of the season with the complete-game effort. The no-no is the second in Omaha’s Division I era and its first since the Maverick staff combined for one on Feb. 21, 2015 vs. Chicago State, also staged at Perfect Game Park.
Ohio’s Andrew Kuster (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in his one-inning outing.
Three Mavericks had multiple hits for the day: Keil Krumwiede (2-for-4, one run, one RBI), Thomas DeBonville (2-for-4, one run) and Ben Palensky (2-for-4).
Omaha’s offense wasted no time in creating run support for Kinney, as the Mavericks struck for two runs in the bottom of the first. Max Gamm and DeBonville got on with back-to-back singles, and a Braden Rogers sacrifice bunt moved both into scoring position. Grant Suponchick then walked to load the bases, and Krumwiede came through with an RBI single to center to plate the first run. The second came in when DeBonville scored on a Bobcat error, bringing it to 2-0.
The Mavericks added another run in the third frame, with Suponchick working a leadoff walk and later scoring when Palensky reached on a fielding error. They scratched another across in the fifth, starting when Omaha loaded the bases on singles by Krumwiede and Palensky and Caniglia was hit by a pitch. With two outs, a sacrifice fly by Tyler Daugherty drove in Krumwiede, making the final tally 4-0.
For his part, Kinney retired the side in five frames. In the seventh, he worked around consecutive walks to escape unscathed from the Ohio threat.
The Mavericks are now 4-7 on the season.
Omaha returns to action on Tuesday, March 6 with a midweek visit to Minnesota. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.