The West Michigan Whitecaps fell behind early on Friday night and were unable to recover, losing 10-3 at Fort Wayne.

Parker Meadows scored on a Bryant Packard walk giving the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

However, that lead was short lived as Fort Wayne responded with five runs in the first and four runs in the second to take a 9-1 lead.

Fort Wayne added a run in the seventh inning to make the score 10-1.

An RBI groundout by Dillon Dingler and a Andre Lipcius solo home run gave the Whitecaps two runs in the ninth inning, making the final score 10-3.

Starting pitcher Beau Brieske only lasted 2/3 of an inning, allowing five earned runs on four hits while striking out two.

Reliever Sam Kessler was the highlight of the Whitecaps pitching, striking out four and just allowing one walk over two innings.

Offensively, Meadows had a hit and a run scored while Packard walked three times and had one RBI.

The Whitecaps are now 1-3 overall on the season and will continue their series at Fort Wayne on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.