Wildcast split twinbill at Minot State
Each game went extra innings as Wayne State and Minot State braved the elements Wednesday afternoon in an NSIC baseball doubleheader in Minot, N.D., with the Beavers winning the opener 6-3 in 10 innings before the Wildcats took the eight-inning nightcap, 1-0.
Both games were dominated by pitching, but the host Beavers used a dramatic walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to take the opener.
The Wildcats scored first in the third inning as Alex Logelin doubled and came home on a Kyle Thompson single to right for a 1-0 lead.
Minot State knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of two Wildcat errors, a walk and hit batter to tie the score at 1-1.
Wayne State regained the lead in the top of the seventh when Jake Lemar singled and scored on a Logelin sacrifice fly, but the host Beavers countered with a pinch-hit homer to right center to send the game into extra innings tied at 2-2.
Wayne State scored in the top of the 10th when Brendan Madsen doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Thompson.
Reliever Lawson Zenner, the fourth Wildcat pitcher, came on in the bottom of the inning and walked two batters and allowed a single to load the bases with one out. After recording a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Minot State got a walk-off grand slam homer to come away with the win.
Logelin went 2-for-2 with a double and run scored to lead a nine-hit effort. Lemar finished 2-for-4 with a pair of singles while Madsen finished 2-for-5 with a double and run scored.
Freshman starter Ryan Obrecht had another impressive start in the nightcap, holding the Beavers scoreless over seven innings of work allowing just five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
The lone run of the contest was scored by the Wildcats in the top of the eighth. Logelin singled up the middle with one out to start the winning rally, Kyle Thompson walked and Bryce Bisenius grounded out, advancing Logelin and Thompson to second and third.
After a pitching change, Minot State walked Andrew Hanson to load the bases, and Peyton Barnes drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Logelin with the lone run of the contest. Staebell came on in the bottom of the eighth and retired the top three batters in order to preserve the victory.
Logelin and Barnes each had two hits to pace Wayne State’s six-hit attack, with Madsen and Bisenius each recording a single. Obrecht moved to 5-0 on the season with the win while Staebell earned his third save of the season.
Wayne State (24-9, 15-5 NSIC) is scheduled to host Sioux Falls in a three-game NSIC series Saturday and Sunday at the Chapman Complex in Wayne with a doubleheader Saturday at 12 p.m. followed by a nine-inning game Sunday at 12 p.m.