AUBURNDALE, FL – Following a weekend off from competition, the Wayne State College baseball team began their spring break trip Sunday.
WSC opened the RussMatt Invitational in Auburndale, Florida with a morning and afternoon double header.
In the first game with Tiffin (Ohio), WSC dropped a 5-1 decision before using a walk-off run against Grand Valley State to win 2-1 in 11 innings. With the split, Wayne State is now 7-5 on the season and will next face Northwood (Michigan) in a nine-inning game on Monday, March 9 at 3:45 p.m.
During the loss to Tiffin, Brendan Madsen recorded two hits while Peyton Barnes doubled and scored the only run for WSC. Alex Logelin and Bryce Bisenius both singled.
Aiden Breedlove suffered the loss in six innings allowing three earned runs off five hits while striking out three batters and walking two. Ryan Petersen worked an inning and two-thirds allowing an earned run off three hits while striking out three batters as Josh Renken pitched an inning and a third allowing an earned run off two hits.
From the win over Grand Valley State, Noah Roberts finished with a pair of singles and one run scored while Bisenius delivered the walk-off RBI with a single. Logelin singled twice as Hunter Babe, Colin Chick, Andrew Hanson, CJ Neumann and Travis Baily (RBI) all singled. Barnes came across the plate as the winning run.
Trenton Frerichs picked up the win in the final inning striking out one batter. Hunter Wienhoff started the opening eight innings allowing an earned run off six hits while striking out six batters and walking two. Andrew Staebell worked two innings striking out two batters.
Other games the ‘Cats are scheduled to play include a non-conference game against a NSIC opponent of Northern State on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and end the trip facing Ashland (Ohio) on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The Wildcats and Northern State will meet again this weekend for a three-game conference home opening series on Saturday, March 14 at noon and 2 p.m. and then Sunday, March 15 at noon from the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex.