WAYNE – After having their Wednesday home doubleheader postponed one day due to weather, the Wayne State College baseball team was back on the home diamond Thursday afternoon.
From the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, WSC welcomed in University of Mary.
Wayne State College found themselves down 6-0 early in game one and came from behind to defeat University of Mary, 8-7 with a seventh-inning walk-off before winning 4-3 in 10 innings with a second walk-off.
WSC has won six straight and are now 11-7 (5-0 NSIC) while the Marauders fell to 8-9 (0-2 NSIC).
Total game time combined from the doubleheader was nearly five and a half hours.
During the first game, University of Mary jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the second inning. WSC then answered with two runs in the home half of the second before outscoring UMary, 4-1 in the fourth. After tying the game up at 7-7 with one more run in the sixth, Nick Barnett drove in Garrett Svoboda in the home half of the seventh to secure the 8-7 come from behind victory. The Marauders outhit WSC, 5-4 as the Wildcats had three errors compared to two from UMary.
Wayne State College was led at the play by Alex Logelin with a single and two RBI while Chase Douglas singled, drove in a run and scored. Noah Roberts singled and scored twice; Barnett singled, drove in the game-winning run and scored; Andrew Hanson accounted for a RBI; Cam Madsen added a RBI and run scored as single runs were scored by Colin Lynam; Conner Fiene and Svoboda (game-winning run).
Josh Renken (3-0) closed out the final three innings and earned the victory striking out one batter. Cade Herrmann started the opening inning and a third allowing six earned runs off three hits while striking out two batters, walking three and hitting two. Josh Kilzer didn’t record an out walking one batter. Ryan Petersen provided two and a third of relief allowing one run off two hits while striking out and walking one batter each.
In the final contest, most of the runs came early with WSC bringing a run across the plate in the home half of the first. After University of Mary took a 2-1 lead in the second, Wayne State regained the lead with a two-run third inning. The Marauders tied the game up at 3-3 with a run in the top of the fifth and after four scoreless innings, as well as one going into extras, Colin Lynam recorded a sacrifice fly scoring Andrew Hanson for the 4-3 walk-off victory in 10 innings. The Wildcats outhit UMary, 6-5 as both teams had no errors.
WSC leaders at the plate were Hanson with a double, triple and three runs scored (one game-winning) as Travis Baily singled and drove in two runs. Chris Cornish and Colin Lynam (game-winning sac-fly) both singled and drove in run as Cade Lynam singled and scored.
Andrew Staebell (2-0) finished off the final two innings to secure the win allowing two hits while striking out and hitting one batter each. Keean Allen started the opening five innings allowing three earned runs off three hits while striking out three batters and walking five. Grant Carl worked an inning striking out one batter and walking two. Wayne native Jacob Kneifl came in for two innings facing seven batters (four flyouts and two groundouts) hitting one batter.
The Wayne State College baseball team will continue their early season home stretch of league games this weekend hosting St. Cloud State University. Saturday, March 26 will feature a doubleheader at noon and 2 p.m. while a nine inning game will close out the three-game series at noon on Sunday, March 27.