Wildcat baseball wins two of three to open season

The Wayne State baseball team opened the 2019 season on a good note, taking two out of three games with Northeastern State over the weekend in Tahlequah, Okla.

On Friday, the Wildcats scored five runs in the first two innings and five pitchers limited Northeastern State to just three hits in an 8-2 victory over the Riverhawks.

Wayne State struck for four runs in the top of the first inning. Leadoff batter Brendan Madsen singled, followed by a double from Alex Logelin. Andrew Hanson walked to load the bases and Bryce Bisenius reached on a Northeastern State error to score the first Wildcat run. Kyle Thompson drew a bases-loaded walk, and Jake Lemar and Jake Lorenzini added bases-loaded walks to give Wayne State a 4-0 lead.

Logelin led off the second inning with a solo homer to left field, giving the Wildcats a 5-0 advantage. Northeastern scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, but Wayne State responded with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to take the win.

Wayne State ended the contest with 11 hits. Logelin was 2-for-4 with a homer, double and two runs scored while Madsen went 2-for-6 with two runs scored. Barnes also had two hits, going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, while Miller ended 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Lemar doubled with Kyle Thompson and Bisenius each produced singles.

Junior starter Aidan Breedlove (1-0) earned the pitching win, fanning six batters in four innings of work and allowing just one run on two hits. Ryan Petersen, Mitch Gullikson, Andrew Staebell and Charles Hasty combined to hold Northeastern State to just one hit the rest of the game.

Northeastern State scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the second game to rally for a 10-9 win over Wayne State College to salvage a split Saturday afternoon after Wayne State won the opener 7-3.

In the opener, junior starter Hunter Wienhoff fired a complete-game four-hitter while sophomore Alex Logelin went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.

Wayne State scored six runs in the first three innings to set the tone, starting with a single run in the first when Brendan Madsen reached on an error and scored on a groundout by Bryce Bisenius.        

The Wildcats scored four runs in the second on three hits and two Northeastern State errors.  Key hits in the inning were an RBI double from Madsen and an RBI single by Logelin.

Wayne State took a 6-1 lead in the third on a Peyton Barnes RBI double. Both teams scored in the sixth with Wayne State’s run coming on a RBI single from Logelin and the Riverhawks scored the final run in the bottom of the seventh.

Wayne State outhit Northeastern State in the opener 9-4. Logelin was 3-for-4 with three singles and two RBI. Kyle Thompson went 2-for-3 with a double while Madsen, Barnes and Jake Lorenzini each doubled.

Wienhoff fired a complete game on the mound to earn the win, yielding just four hits and three runs (two earned) with five strikeouts and one walk.

The second game saw Wayne State hit four home runs, but the host Riverhawks rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning with five runs to escape with the split.

Wayne State produced five runs in the first inning, thanks to an RBI single from Andrew Hanson and a grand slam home run by senior third baseman Kyle Thompson.

The Wildcats took a 6-0 lead in the second on a Bryce Bisenius single before Northeastern rallied with a run in the second and three in the fourth to cut the lead to 6-4.

Wayne State scored solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings for a 8-4 advantage. Bisenius hit a solo homer in the fifth (left field) and again in the seventh (right center field) for the Wildcats.

Wayne State added a final run in the ninth inning on a Colin Chick homer to take a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the hosts rallied with five in the bottom of the ninth off closer Lawson Zenner for the come-from-behind win.

Both teams had 11 hits in the contest. Bisenius ended 4-for-5 with two homers, three RBI and three runs scored. Alex Logelin was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Jake Lemar was 2-for-3 while Kyle Thompson belted a grand slam and Colin Chick added a solo homer for the Wildcats at the plate.

Starting pitcher Aaron Ras worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and three runs on five strikeouts and four walks. Six relievers also saw action, with Zenner tagged with the loss in the ninth, allowing five hits and five runs in 2/3 innings work.

The Wildcats (2-1) resume play Thursday, Feb. 14, facing Fort Hays State in Emporia, Kan., in a nine-inning game starting at 12 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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