Wildcats Split Saturday Twin Bill At #15 Augustana

Wildcats Split Saturday Twin Bill At #15 Augustana
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

SIOUX FALLS, SD – After an 11-3 Friday late afternoon loss, the Wayne State College baseball team completed their three-game series with a ranked opponent during a doubleheader on Saturday.

From Ronken Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, WSC visited #15 Augustana.

Wayne State College defeated #15 Augustana to open the day, 2-1 while the Vikings won 6-4 to win the series, 2-1. With the Saturday split, WSC is now 16-16 (10-9 NSIC) while #15 Augustana sits 29-7-1 (19-4 NSIC).

During game two of the series, neither team scored until Wayne State put a run on the board in the top of the fourth. Augie quickly answered in the fifth as the Wildcats scored once more in the sixth inning to hold onto the 2-1 victory. The Vikings outhit WSC, 5-3 and committed four errors compared to two from Wayne State.

Chris Cornish recorded a solo homerun and accounted for the go-ahead RBI to lead WSC. Alex Logelin singled and scored while Andrew Hanson singled.

Andrew Staebell (4-0) picked up the complete game victory in seven innings allowing an earned run off five hits while striking out seven batters and walking two.

 

In the final game of the day, #15 Augustana posted a two-run opening inning. Following two scoreless innings, Augie then tacked on a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to lead 6-0. Wayne State followed with their own three-run sixth and tacked on a run in the top of the ninth. Final favored #15 Augie, 6-4 as both teams finished with 10 hits and the Vikings committed two errors compared to one from WSC.

Alex Logelin singled, doubled and scored; Colin Lynam singled, doubled and drove in a run while Noah Roberts singled twice, drove in a run and scored for WSC. Andrew Hanson singled, drove in two runs and scored; Conner Fiene doubled; Nick Barnett and Cam Madsen both singled as Nate Sailors scored.

Keean Allen (3-2) suffered the loss in five innings allowing six runs (three earned) off nine hits while striking out three batters and walking one. Josh Renken worked the final three innings allowing one hit while striking out two batters.

The Wayne State College baseball team will next host non-conference William Jewell (MO) in a nine-inning contest on Tuesday, April 19 starting at 1 p.m. from the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, WSC swept William Jewell, 10-4 and 14-10 on March 2 in Liberty, Missouri earlier this season.

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