WAYNE – It was a windy weekend series for the Wayne State College baseball team as they began their league schedule getting off to a 2-1 start.
From the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, the Wildcat baseball team began their 10-game home schedule over an 11-day period with Northern State University in town.
After dropping game one on Saturday, 8-5, WSC won the second half of the doubleheader, 10-6 before closing out the series Sunday afternoon with an 8-2 victory. The Wayne State College baseball team is off to a 2-1 NSIC start and now sit 3-3 on the year.
Junior outfielder Alex Logelin went 6 for 7 on Saturday, including 4 for 4 in the second game with two homers and three RBI.
The opening game saw Northern State score three runs in the top of the seventh inning to post an 8-5 win after WSC held a 4-1 lead after one inning.
The Wolves held an 8-5 edge in hits over the Wildcats. Eric Standish finished 2 for 4 with two RBI while Logelin was 2 for 3 with a double. CJ Neumann doubled for the other Wildcat hit.
WSC then took control early in game two with a run in the first and three more in the third inning. The ‘Cats also scored a run in the fourth to lead 5-0. Northern State outscored WSC, 5-2 in the seventh before Wayne State College pulled away in the eighth scoring three runs. NSU did add one run in the top of ninth where the Wildcats won 10-6.
Logelin had four of Wayne State’s 11 hits in the second game. Seven other Wildcats each had one hit with Brenden Madsen, Standish, Neumann and Logelin each accounting for doubles.
Reliever Lawson Zenner got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two. Starter Hunter Wienhoff struck out nine batters in six innings of work. Brody Sintek and Andrew Staebell also worked in relief for WSC.
Moving into Sunday’s single game, senior designated hitter Bryce Bisenius went 2 for 5 with four RBI that included a mammoth two-run homer to spark an eight-run sixth inning leading Wayne State in an 8-2 win over Northern State.
Northern State controlled the first five innings of the contest, scoring single runs in the first and third innings, to hold a 2-0 lead over WSC entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
Wayne State had just one hit through five innings, but came up with big hits in the sixth inning by scoring eight runs on just four hits. The Wildcats forced Northern State to use four pitchers in the inning to take an 8-2 lead and gain control of the contest.
Northern State had one more hit than WSC, 7-6.
Ryan Obrecht (1-0) allowed just two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings to earn the win, striking out three without a walk. Aaron Ras worked one inning of relief, striking out three and walking one. Josh Renken notched a pair of outs in 2/3 innings of work while Lawson Zenner pitched the ninth inning and had one strikeout with two walks.
The Wayne State College baseball team is next scheduled to host St. Cloud State on Wednesday, March 24 at 1:30/3:30 p.m. before welcoming in Southwest Minnesota State this Saturday, March 27 (1:30/3:30 p.m.) and Sunday, March 28 (noon) for a three-game series. Closing out the early season conference schedule will be on Tuesday, March 30 with Minot State in town at 1:30/3:30 p.m.