WAYNE – With the top eight just in reach for the Wayne State College baseball team entering Tuesday afternoon’s NSIC outing, the Wildcats welcomed in the top seed in the conference.
From the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, WSC entertained #11 Minnesota State-Mankato for the Wildcat home finale of the regular season.
The 11th ranked Mavericks won the seven-inning game, 9-4 before taking the nine-inning contest, 11-2. Minnesota State-Mankato is now on a 14-game winning streak and improved to 34-5 (27-3 NSIC) while Wayne State College has dropped five straight falling to 17-25 (11-17 NSIC).
During game one, Minnesota State-Mankato outscored WSC, 2-1 in the first inning and added one more run in the third to lead 3-1. The Mavericks then posted a three-run fourth inning and two runs in the fifth to extend their lead at 8-1. Wayne State scored two runs in the sixth and both teams brought in a run during the seventh. Final favored Minnesota State-Mankato, 9-4. The Mavericks outhit the Wildcats, 9-7 and committed two errors compared to one from WSC.
Chris Cornish doubled and scored twice; Colin Lynam doubled, drove in a run and scored as Travis Baily doubled for WSC. Kyler Essink singled and drove in two runs, Alex Logelin, Chase Douglas and Nick Barnett all singled, Andrew Hanson accounted for a RBI as Noah Roberts scored.
Brody Sintek (3-6) suffered the loss in four innings allowing six earned runs off seven hits while striking out two batters and hitting one. Cade Herrmann worked two innings allowing two earned runs off one hit while striking out and walking two batters each. Josh Yelick pitched the final inning allowing an earned run off one hit while walking one batter and hitting one.
In the final contest, both teams put a run on the board in the second inning before Minnesota State-Mankato added a run in the third, three more in the fourth and one run in the fifth to lead 6-1. Following a scoreless sixth, the Mavericks posted a two-run seventh and outscored WSC, 3-1 in the eighth. Final favored MSU-Mankato, 11-2 as the Mavericks outhit Wayne State, 18-6 and WSC committed the lone error.
Travis Baily singled, doubled and drove in a run; Chris Cornish doubled and drove in a run while Andrew Hanson doubled and scored for WSC. Colin Lynam singled and scored and Noah Roberts singled.
Ryan Obrecht (0-5) suffered the loss in three and two-thirds allowing five earned runs off eight hits while striking out, walking and hitting one batter each. Wayne native Jacob Kneifl worked an inning and a third allowing an earned run off one hit while striking out one batter and walking two. Jackson Shelburne came in for two innings allowing two earned runs off five hits while striking out and walking one batter each. Nick Oden closed out the final two innings allowing three runs (one earned) off four hits while striking out four batters.
The Wayne State College baseball team will conclude their regular season with a three-game series at Upper Iowa on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Friday’s doubleheader in Fayette, Iowa will begin at noon with Saturday’s nine-inning game scheduled for noon.