WAYNE – As the Wayne State College baseball team closes out their regular season Wednesday, a true freshman pitcher for the Wildcats took home a league honor.
Ryan Obrecht was named the NSIC Baseball Pitcher of the Week Monday afternoon following his performance on the mound last week. This is the first time the freshman from Millard North High School received the honor.
Obrecht, a 6-4, 170-pound right hander, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning last Wednesday in his start against Concordia-St. Paul and finished with a one-hit shutout and 10 strikeouts to blank the Golden Bears 11-0.
For the season, Obrecht is now 7-0 with a 1.09 ERA and leads the NSIC in earned run average while ranking second in NCAA Division II. He has allowed just six earned runs in 49.2 innings of work this season and has been charged with just 30 hits while striking out 43 batters and walking 11.
Obrecht has pitched at least five innings in all seven starts this season (10 total appearances) and has a scoreless streak of 20 innings after not allowing a run in his last three starts at Minot State, at Winona State and vs. Concordia-St. Paul, all wins.
Wayne State is 31-15 overall and fifth place in the NSIC with a 22-11 league record. The Wildcats will close the regular season Wednesday at Upper Iowa in an NSIC doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.