WAYNE – Following a Saturday rainout, the Wayne State College baseball team moved their doubleheader to Sunday afternoon.
From the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, WSC welcomed in Concordia-St. Paul for a doubleheader during senior day.
CSP used single run victories of 4-3 and 8-7 to secure the road sweep. The Golden Bears improved to 17-23 (11-17 NSIC) while the Wildcats dropped their third consecutive game (fifth, one-run game of the season) to now sit 17-23 (11-15 NSIC).
In game one, WSC led 2-0 after the second inning before Concordia-St. Paul took the lead thanks to a four-run third inning. Wayne State added one more run in the fifth but fell 4-3 in the seven inning game. The Golden Bears outhit WSC, 10-6 as Wayne State committed two errors.
Nick Barnett recorded a two-run homerun while Noah Roberts singled and doubled as Alex Logelin doubled and drove in a run for WSC. Chris Cornish and Conner Fiene singled and scored.
Andrew Staebell (4-1) suffered the complete game loss in seven innings allowing four earned runs off 10 hits while striking out seven batters and walking three.
During the final game of the series, Wayne State scored a run in the first and both teams brought a run across the plate in the fourth. CSP then outscored the Wildcats, 3-1 in the fifth to lead 4-3. After Wayne State tied the game up in the sixth with a run, WSC scored two runs in the seventh and once more in the eighth to lead 7-4. Concordia-St. Paul then went off for a four-run ninth to win 8-7. CSP outhit WSC, 12-10 and committed three errors compared to two from Wayne State.
Andrew Hanson singled three times, drove in two runs and scored while Colin Lynam singled twice, drove in a run and scored for WSC. Noah Roberts singled and scored twice; Alex Logelin, Nick Barnett and Nate Sailors all singled and drove in a run; Chris Cornish singled and scored as Cade Lynam scored twice.
Ryan Petersen (0-2) suffered the loss in two-thirds of an inning allowing two earned runs off two hits while striking out one batter and hitting one. Keean Allen started the opening five innings allowing four runs (two earned) off seven hits while striking out one batter and walking three. Josh Renken worked three innings allowing two earned runs off three hits while striking out two batters, walking three and hitting one. Wayne native Jacob Kneifl closed out the final third of an inning with a strikeout out.
The Wayne State College baseball team will conclude their home schedule on Tuesday, May 3 when Minnesota State-Mankato comes to town for a doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m. WSC will also visit Upper Iowa on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 to end their regular season.