AUBURNDALE, FL – Following a Thursday evening outing, the Wayne State College baseball team was back on the diamond early Friday morning and then returned later in the evening during the Russ Matt Invitational.
From Auburndale, Florida, WSC competed against Northwood (MI) and with the incoming rain for Saturday, the Wildcat baseball team also faced a league opponent.
Wayne State lost 7-2 to Northwood (MI) and won 9-7 over Northern State Friday evening. WSC is now 5-6 on the season.
In the loss to Northwood (MI), the Timberwolves struck first with a run in the second inning before adding five more runs in the fourth inning. WSC scored a run in the fifth, Northwood tacked on another run in the sixth while Wayne State was held to one more run in the top of the ninth. Final favored Northwood, 7-2 as the Timberwolves outhit WSC, 9-4 and also had three errors compared to none from the Wildcats.
Alex Logelin singled and drove in a run while Garrett Svoboda singled and scored twice for WSC. Noah Roberts and Chase Douglas both singled as Colin Lynam accounted for a RBI.
Brody Sintek (1-1) suffered the loss in four innings allowing six earned runs off eight hits while striking out three batters and walking four. Andrew Staebell worked two innings allowing an earned run off one hit while striking out two batters. Josh Kilzer came in for two innings striking out two of his six batters faced.
During the win against Northern State in a non-conference game with the NSIC foe, WSC began by scoring three runs in the top of the second while the Wolves answered with a run in the third. Wayne State tacked on a run in the fifth and Northern State poured in two runs during the sixth. Wayne State then outscored NSU, 3-1 in the seventh, scored two runs in the eighth and held off a late rally by Northern State who scored three runs in the ninth. Final favored Wayne State, 9-7 who outhit the Wolves, 11-10 and committed no errors compared to four from Northern State.
Colin Lynam singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice while Chris Cornish singled, doubled and scored twice for WSC. Chase Douglas singled twice, drove in a run and scored; Noah Roberts and Cam Madsen both singled twice, drove in two runs and scored; Cade Lynam accounted for a RBI and run scored; Nate Sailors scored and Alex Logelin singled.
Josh Renken (2-0) secured the victory in an inning allowing two earned runs off one hit while walking two batters. Keean Allen worked four and two-thirds allowing an earned run off four hits while striking out four batters, walking one and hitting two. Jacob Kneifl earned his first save in the final three and a third innings allowing four earned runs off five hits while striking out five batters and walking two.
The Wayne State College baseball team was scheduled to face D’Youville College (NY) on Saturday, but due to the incoming weather was canceled. WSC will be off until Sunday when the Wildcats compete against Grand Valley State in a doubleheader at 9/11 a.m.