TUCSON, AZ – After spending a few days in the Arizona weather practicing and awaiting to play their first game during the Tucson Invitational Games, the Wayne State College baseball team was in action Tuesday late afternoon.
From the Kino Sports Complex, WSC opened with a familiar in-league opponent of Concordia-St. Paul.
Both teams began with two runs in the first inning before the ‘Cats started to build their lead with a four-run second inning and then outscored the Golden Bears 3-1 in the third. Through three innings, Wayne State led 9-3. Concordia-St. Paul then flipped the script with 18 runs over three innings and only allowed one run in the bottom of the sixth to lead 21-10. WSC wasn’t done yet as they won the seventh inning 5-1 but the final run scored was in the top of the eighth by CSP to cap off a 23-15 win. Concordia-St. Paul is now 5-0 as WSC fell to 6-4.
Alex Logelin led the Wildcat attack with four hits, three being doubles and two RBI while Peyton Barnes added a double, triple and RBI. Kyle Thompson tacked on a single, double and three RBI; Bryce Bisenius singled, doubled and drove in two runs as Jake Lemar singled and drove in two runs.
Other hits came from Brendan Madsen with two singles and a RBI; Travis Miller two singles and two RBI and Andrew Hanson singled.
WSC used six pitchers in the game as Mitch Gullikson (0-1) suffered the loss in two-thirds allowing three earned runs off three hits while walking one batter and facing only six batters.
Andrew Staebell started the opening three innings allowing six earned runs off six hits while striking out two, walking four and hitting one batter. Grant Carl worked an inning and a third allowing five runs (four earned) off five hits while striking out and walking one batter each. Jake Nielsen allowed five earned runs off four hits against five batters; Ryan Petersen pitched a third of an inning allowing two earned runs off two hits while walking three batters and Noah Burt closed the final three and two-thirds allowing two earned runs off five hits while striking out two and walking one.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
2 0 1 5 3 10 1 1 0 23 25 1 – CSP
2 4 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 15 16 1 – WSC
The Wayne State College baseball team will next face Dakota Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening before closing out the week against Mount Marty College (SD) Thursday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Golden Bears previously won four games, defeating Concordia (NE) and Dakota Wesleyan before facing WSC. CSP will play six more games throughout the week in Arizona taking on St. Cloud State and Southwest Minnesota State twice, along with Jamestown and Minot State once.