WAYNE – A mid-week NSIC baseball doubleheader took over the Wayne State campus.
From the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, WSC welcomed in Winona State University on Wednesday.
Wayne State College snapped a five-game losing streak with the game one victory of 5-3 in seven innings while Winona State University won game two, 6-3 in nine innings. With the split, the Wildcats are now 17-21 (11-13 NSIC) while the Warriors sit 12-20 (10-11 NSIC).
During game one, both teams scored a run in the first inning before Winona State took the early lead with one more run in the top of the second. Following a scoreless third, Wayne State posted a three-run fourth inning before both teams scored once more in the sixth. Final favored Wayne State College, 5-3 as WSU outhit WSC, 11-7 and committed two errors compared to one from the Wildcats.
Chris Cornish recorded a solo homerun, double, two RBI and two runs scored while Travis Baily added three singles, RBI and run scored for WSC. Alex Logelin doubled and scored as Andrew Hanson singled, drove in a run and scored for WSC.
Jackson Shelburne (3-5) secured the victory in four innings allowing two earned runs off nine hits while striking out two batters and walking three. Andrew Staebell earned his third save of the season in the final three innings allowing one run off two hits while striking out four batters and walking one.
In the final contest, the Warriors built a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings while Wayne State answered with single runs in the fourth and fifth. The Wildcats took a 3-2 lead following a run in the home half of the seventh before Winona State closed out the game with two runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings. Final favored WSU, 6-3 as the Warriors outhit WSC, 14-5 and committed two errors compared to one from Wayne State.
Andrew Hanson recorded a solo homerun and single while Noah Roberts and Cade Lynam both singled and drove in a run for WSC. Nate Sailors singled and scored twice.
Jacob Kneifl (0-1) suffered the loss in a third of an inning allowing two earned runs off two hits while striking out one batter. Ryan Obrecht started the opening seven innings allowing two earned runs off eight hits while striking out six batters. Josh Renken worked an inning and a third allowing two runs off four hits while striking out one batter. Ryan Petersen came in for the final out.
The Wayne State College baseball team will next host Concordia-St. Paul for a three-game series starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 30 at noon. WSC will also entertain CSP on Sunday, May 1 for a nine-inning game at noon from the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex.