Wildcats sweep Mount Marty to close Arizona trip

The Wayne State baseball team closed out its spring break trip in Arizona Thursday with a 13-1 and 6-2 sweep over Mount Marty College in non-conference baseball played at the Tucson Invitational Games.

The opener saw Wayne State put up seven runs in the fourth inning to separate themselves from the Lancers. The Wildcats scored twice in the first inning thanks to RBI singles by Bryce Bisenius and Kyle Thompson, then took a 4-0 lead in the third on a Travis Miller run-scoring double and another RBI single by Thompson.

Wayne State used five hits in the fourth inning to score seven runs, led by a two-run homer from Bisenius and a two-run triple by Alex Logelin. Brendan Madsen and Peyton Barnes also had RBI singles.

Mount Marty scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to get on the scoreboard and Wayne State closed the scoring with two runs in the sixth, as CJ Neumann had an RBI single with Peyton Barnes adding an RBI groundout.

Wayne State had 15 hits in the win, led by Kyle Thompson going 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Bisenius was 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and three runs scored while Logelin was 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Madsen also finished with two hits in the game.

Aidan Breedlove improved to 3-1 on the season with the victory, firing five innings and allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Aaron Ras and Cade Hermann each worked one inning of relief, with Ras recording three strikeouts and Hermann fanning two batters.

The second game saw Hunter Wienhoff improve to 4-0 on the season with five solid innings while Bryce Bisenius extended his hitting streak to nine straight games with a pair of singles as the Wildcats completed the sweep.

The Wildcats took a 4-0 lead in the second on four hits. Bisenius produced a two-run single with Logelin lacing an RBI double and Madsen adding an RBI single.

Mount Marty closed within 4-2 thanks to single runs in the third and fifth innings, but Wayne State added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, using two walks and a two-run single by Barnes to close out the scoring.

Wienhoff worked five strong innings to notch the win. He allowed five hits and two runs with five strikeouts and one walk. Lawson Zenner and Charles Hasty each pitched one inning of scoreless relief, with each recording one strikeout.

Next action for the 9-4 Wildcats is set for Saturday, March 16 when the Wildcats are scheduled to host Minnesota Crookston in their NSIC opener with a doubleheader set for 12 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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