Wayne State baseball eliminated in NSIC tourney

Wayne State College was eliminated Thursday evening from the 2018 NSIC Baseball Tournament with a 12-6 loss to Northern State at Sioux Falls Stadium, ending its season with a 21-26 record.

The Wildcats never led in the contest as the Wolves opened the game with a four-run first inning. All of Wayne State’s runs in the game were unearned as both teams made five errors.

Wayne State scored two runs in the bottom of the first, using two Wolves errors along with an RBI single from Travis Miller to trail 4-2 after one inning.

Northern State added a run in the third and put the game out of reach with a five-run fourth inning, chasing Wildcat starter Aidan Breedlove.

The Wildcats scored one run in the fifth as senior designated hitter Rob Ramsey singled and later scored on a Northern State throwing error.

The Wolves closed out their scoring with two runs in the sixth and Wayne State scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by an Andrew Hanson RBI triple and RBI singles by Ramsey and Tanner Simons.

Alex Logelin and Simons each were 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored with Simons recording a double. Miller was 2-for-5 with an RBI and double while Ramsey was also 2-for-5 with an RBI. Kyle Thompson contributed two singles in the contest.

Breedlove was tagged with the pitching loss, yielding nine runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings. Isaac Rubendall worked 2 1/3 innings of relief and gave up three runs on three hits. Brady Johnson, Spencer Johnson and Adam Poldberg each worked one inning of scoreless relief and allowed just one hit combined.

Earlier in the day, Wayne State scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally for a 9-7 win Thursday afternoon over Winona State in an elimination game.

Wayne State opened the scoring in the second on a Hanson RBI single that scored Miller, then took a 3-0 lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth as Miller and Hanson both scored when Thompson reached base on a Warrior fielding error.

Winona State responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame and two more in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead, but the Wildcats evened the score at 5-5 in the top of the sixth with a two-run single from junior catcher Garrett Graveline that scored Miller and Hanson.

The Warriors broke the 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth before the Wildcats’ late-inning magic sent the Warriors home for the season.

Simons started the rally with an RBI double followed by a pinch-hit run-scoring double from sophomore Bryce Bisenius. A Miller RBI single gave the Wildcats an 8-6 and Jake Lorenzini added another insurance run with a sacrifice fly that scored Lorenzini. Winona State scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, but Wayne State held on for the win.

Miller went 4-for-5 with four runs scored to lead a 14-hit attack. Simons went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and RBI while Andrew Hanson finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Sophomore reliever Lawson Zenner recorded the win with two innings of relief. He was charged with two runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore starter Hunter Wienhoff worked seven innings and gave up five runs (two earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

The Wayne Herald

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