WAYNE – After about a week away from competition, the Wayne State College baseball team began their early-season busy home NSIC schedule with a three-game series over the weekend.
From the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, WSC entertained Southwest Minnesota State with a doubleheader on Saturday and one game on Sunday.
Wayne State College picked up the 3-0 sweep with Saturday wins over the Mustangs of 4-3 and 10-8 before finishing off the weekend in just seven innings thanks to a 14-4 victory against SMSU.
The Wildcats improved to 9-7 (3-0 NSIC) and are on a four-game winning streak while Southwest Minnesota State fell to 7-8 (0-3 NSIC).
In game one, SMSU took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning before Wayne State College answered with a two-run second inning. The Mustangs regained the lead with a two-run third before Wayne State College scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to walk-off on a fielder’s choice. Final favored WSC, 4-3 as both teams finished with six hits each and no errors.
Chris Cornish posted a solo homerun, two RBI and two runs scored as Colin Lynam and Conner Fiene both doubled and scored for WSC. Noah Roberts singled and drove in two runs while Andrew Hanson and Cade Lynam both singled.
Brody Sintek (2-1) picked up the complete-game victory in seven innings allowing three earned runs off six hits while striking out seven batters and walking one.
During the second game on Saturday, WSC led 1-0 after the first inning before both teams scored two runs each in the third inning. Up 3-2, WSC added a single run in the fourth until SMSU poured in four runs in the fifth and tacked on one more run in the top of the sixth to lead 7-4. The Wildcats then outscored the Mustangs, 4-1 in the seventh to tie the game at 8-8 and scored two more runs in the eighth to win 10-8 in nine innings. Final favored WSC, 10-8 with 11 hits compared to 14 hits from Southwest Minnesota State while both teams had no errors.
Andrew Hanson recorded a two-run homerun, triple, four RBI and two runs scored as Chase Douglas singled twice, doubled, drove in a run and scored three times for WSC. Chris Cornish doubled and drove in two runs; Conner Fiene doubled and scored; Travis Baily singled, drove in a run and scored; Cam Madsen singled and drove in a run; Alex Logelin and Colin Lynam both singled and scored as Noah Roberts scored.
Andrew Staebell (1-0) secured the win in the final three innings allowing no runs off three hits while striking out six batters and walking two. Ryan Obrecht started the opening four and a third allowing six earned runs off eight hits while striking out three batters. Grant Carl worked a third of an inning striking out one batter and walking two. Josh Renken came in for an inning and a third allowing two earned runs off three hits while striking out one batter.
From Sunday’s lone contest, it was all Wayne State College early with a run in the first, five more in the second and a 3-1 third inning to lead 9-1. WSC then added three more runs in the fourth and outscored the Mustangs, 2-1 in the fifth to win 14-4 in seven innings. Wayne State outhit SMSU, 16-9 as the Mustangs also had three errors compared to zero from WSC.
Both Colin Lynam (single) and Nick Barnett (two singles and another run scored) recorded two-run homeruns for WSC. Chris Cornish doubled twice, singled, drove in a run and scored twice; Conner Fiene singled three times, drove in two runs and scored; Andrew Hanson singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored; Travis Baily singled, doubled and scored three times, Alex Logelin doubled, drove in a run and scored; Garrett Svoboda accounted for a RBI and two runs scored as Chase Douglas scored.
Jackson Shelburne (2-2) secured the win in four innings allowing an earned run off three hits while striking out five batters, walking four and hitting one. Josh Kilzer worked an inning allowing an earned run off one hit; Ryan Petersen also came in for an inning allowing one hit while striking out two batters as Nick Oden didn’t record an out allowing two earned runs off three hits while walking one batter. Jacob Kneifl allowed one hit and struck out three batters in the final inning.
The Wayne State College baseball team is scheduled to return to Pete Chapman Field on Wednesday, March 23 hosting University of Mary at 1:30/3:30 p.m.