WAYNE – A stretch of 10 home games in the month of March for the Wayne State College baseball team concluded Tuesday afternoon with Minot State University.
From the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, WSC welcomed in the Beavers.
Minot State secured the road sweep of 5-2 and 6-4 victories over the Wildcats. The Beavers improved to 12-13 (6-4 NSIC) while Wayne State is now on a five-game losing streak falling to 11-12 (5-5 NSIC).
During game one, Wayne State scored a run in the second inning as both teams brought a run across the plate during the fourth inning. Down 2-1 in the top of the sixth, Minot State drove in two runs to take the lead and then added two more runs in the top of the seventh to hold on for the 5-2 victory. The Wildcats outhit Minot State, 8-7 as the Beavers recorded the lone error.
Alex Logelin singled and doubled while Colin Lynam singled twice and scored twice for WSC. Noah Roberts doubled and drove in a run, Conner Fiene singled and drove in a run as Chase Douglas and Cade Lynam both singled.
Keean Allen (1-1) suffered the loss in five and a third allowing three earned runs off four hits while striking out six batters and walking one. Andrew Staebell worked the final inning and two-thirds allowing two earned runs off three hits while walking one batter.
In the second outing, Minot State jumped ahead early with two runs in the third and four more runs in the top of the fourth to lead 6-0. Following two scoreless innings, Wayne State rallied with two runs each in the home half of the seventh and eighth innings but fell short, 6-4. Minot State outhit WSC, 9-6 and also committed five errors compared to two from Wayne State.
Alex Logelin recorded a two-run homerun and a solo homerun to total three RBI and two runs scored while Chris Cornish singled twice and drove in a run for WSC. Chase Douglas doubled, Noah Roberts singled as Andrew Hanson and Conner Fiene both scored.
Cade Herrmann (1-2) suffered the loss in three and a third allowing six runs (five earned) off five hits while striking out four batters, walking five and hitting two. Josh Renken worked three and two-thirds allowing three hits while striking out three batters as Wayne native Jacob Kneifl closed out the final two innings allowing one hit while walking one batter.
The Wayne State College baseball team will next play 13 consecutive road games starting this weekend with a three-game series at Bemidji State on Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3. Other road outings include at Northern State (Wednesday, April 6 doubleheader); at Minnesota Crookston (Saturday, April 9 – Sunday, April 10 three-game series); at Minnesota Duluth (Tuesday, April 12 doubleheader) and at Augustana (Friday, April 15 – Saturday, April 16 three-game series).
The next home game for WSC will be on Tuesday, April 19 hosting William Jewell of Missouri for one, nine-inning game in a non-conference outing at 1 p.m.