WINTER HAVEN/LEESBURG, FL – After having their Saturday game canceled due to rain, the Wayne State College baseball team competed in a Sunday doubleheader to close out their spring break trip.
From Leesburg, Florida, WSC participated in the Russ Matt Invitational playing five games in four days.
Sunday’s seven-inning doubleheader showcased a Wildcat split with Grand Valley State winning game one, 2-0 before WSC defeated the Lakers, 5-2. Wayne State is now 6-7 on the season while Grand Valley State moved to 8-4.
During game one’s loss, the Lakers opened with a run in the first before five scoreless innings of baseball. Grand Valley State then closed out the game with a run in the seventh to win 2-0. GVSU outhit WSC, 5-2 and recorded one error compared to two from the Wildcats.
Chase Douglas and Noah Roberts both singled for WSC.
Jackson Shelburne (1-2) suffered the loss in five innings allowing an earned run off four hits while striking out five batters, walking one and hitting one. Andrew Staebell worked the final two innings allowing one run off one hit while striking out one batter and walking three.
In the final outing in Florida, WSC opened the seven-inning game with a three-run first. Grand Valley State scored a run in the third before both teams were scoreless the next two innings. Both teams also scored a run in the sixth with Wayne State tacking on a run in the top of the seventh to win 5-2. WSC outhit Grand Valley State, 10-4 as both teams recorded one error.
Conner Fiene recorded three singles, a double and two RBI while Alex Logelin doubled twice, singled, drove in a run and scored. Colin Lynam singled twice and scored, Nick Barnett singled and drove in a run, Noah Roberts accounted for a RBI and run scored as Chase Douglas and Garrett Svoboda both scored.
Cade Herrmann (1-1) secured the victory in five and a third innings allowing two runs (one earned) off three hits while striking out five batters and walking five. Josh Renken earned his first save of the season in the final inning and a third allowing one hit and walking one batter.
The Wayne State College baseball team will next open a 10-game homestand over the next two weeks. WSC will host Southwest Minnesota State in a three-game series on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20; entertain University of Mary on Wednesday, March 23 for a doubleheader; host St. Cloud State for a three-game series on Saturday, March 26 – Sunday, March 27 and welcome in Minot State on Tuesday, March 29 for a doubleheader.