Wildcat Baseball Ends Season With Ninth Place Conference Finish, Hanson Collects 200th Career Hit On Homerun

Wildcat Baseball Ends Season With Ninth Place Conference Finish, Hanson Collects 200th Career Hit On Homerun
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

FAYETTE, IA – Following a Friday split, the Wayne State College baseball team concluded their season with a Saturday victory.

From Robertson Woods Field in Fayette, Iowa, WSC closed out their three-game road series with Upper Iowa University.

After dropping game one, 3-1 and winning game two, 13-2 to open the weekend, the Wildcats finished off the year with a 7-4 win in nine innings.

The Wildcats end the year 19-26 overall and ninth place in the NSIC with a 13-18 league mark while the host Peacocks finish 12-31 and 10-22 in conference games.

Wayne State opened by scoring two runs in the first inning before Upper Iowa brought in a run during the home half of the third. WSC outscored the Peacocks, 5-2 in the fourth inning to lead 7-3 as Upper Iowa could only manage one more run in the eighth. Final favored Wayne State College, 7-4 as the Peacocks won the hit department, 9-8 and WSC committed the lone error.

Entering Saturday, senior shortstop Andrew Hanson was sitting at 199 career hits. Thanks to a two-run homerun (also scored once more), the Burnsville, Minnesota native is now the 10th player in school history to collect 200 career hits.

Conner Fiene doubled and drove in a run as Nick Barnett doubled and scored for WSC. Alex Logelin singled twice and drove in a run; Travis Baily singled twice and scored; Colin Lynam singled and drove in a run; Noah Roberts accounted for a RBI as single runs were scored by Garrett Svoboda, Chris Cornish and Kyler Essink.

The bullpen went to work in the final game with a total of seven pitchers being used.

Josh Renken (4-0) picked up the win in an inning of relief striking out two batters and hitting one. Nick Oden recorded the save in the final inning.

Jackson Shelburne started the opening three innings allowing one run off four hits while striking out two batters and walking one. Ryan Petersen followed for an inning allowing two earned runs off three hits while striking out and hitting one batter each. Grant Carl worked an inning allowing one hit while striking out one batter and walking two. Nolan Belt didn’t record an out allowing an earned run while walking two batters and Nate Sailors also came in for an inning allowing one hit.

The top eight teams made the league tournament with University of Mary earning the final spot with a 16-18 (.471) NSIC record compared to Wayne State’s 13-18 (.419).